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Police Question Military Vet’s Homeschool Diploma

by Scott Woodruff • October 9, 2018

After serving in the military, a New Jersey homeschool graduate applied to work in a law enforcement job. But while his background made him a very desirable candidate, the officer processing his application was in a quandary as to how to confirm that his parent-issued high school diploma was legitimate.

The purpose of a high school diploma is to provide an easily recognized document to substantiate that the bearer successfully completed his secondary education. The diploma itself is confirmation that the student finished a high school program. So if someone questions whether the diploma is real, or valid, or legitimate, or just wants some form of additional support, what is the best source to consult? The person who signed the diploma!

At my recommendation, therefore, the candidate’s mother and father signed affidavits attesting to the fact that their son had graduated from a lawful program of secondary education and earned a high school diploma. These affidavits, together with a letter from me explaining that the diploma was valid under New Jersey law, were transmitted to the officer.

The obstacle to his employment immediately fell away, and the homeschool graduate obtained the law enforcement position he had sought.


Scott Woodruff

Senior Counsel

Scott is a seasoned attorney and homeschool advocate with decades of involvement in homeschool legal issues and cases. Read more.


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