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March 24, 2015

Access to Law Enforcement Training Improving

Scott Woodruff Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff helps members and advocates for homeschool freedom in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

When a homeschool graduate who was seeking a career in law enforcement sought admission to a training academy operated by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST), he was told he would need a GED because his parent-issued diploma was not sufficient. (Attending one of the various POST training academies is necessary to keep most law enforcement jobs in Idaho.)

When the student contacted HSLDA for help, our research indicated that there was no clear path for a student with a parent-issued diploma to gain admission to such an academy. But we also learned that POST was trying to change the rule to make it even more restrictive, so that it would be quite impossible for a parent-issued diploma to satisfy the requirements for admission to an academy.

Local Help

We alerted the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators. Their representative, Barry Peters, Esq., contacted key lawmakers and also attended the legislative committee hearing on the proposed rule. Once lawmakers on the committee realized what POST was trying to do, they struck the proposed rule. This action will become final once the legislature adjourns.

Peters and HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff are in discussions with POST representatives and working to create a level playing field for homeschool graduates to gain admission into POST training academies.

In the meantime, a homeschool graduate seeking admission to a training academy should ask his or her employer to submit a request to POST to waive the minimum education requirement along with the other necessary paperwork. Based on discussions we have had with their representatives, we believe that POST will grant the waiver and the path will be clear for the candidate to attend the desired academy.

A word of caution: if the employer asks the homeschool graduate to take any type of test, contact HSLDA immediately for guidance.

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