Official: Homeschool Diploma Disqualifies Mom from Teaching
by Scott Woodruff • September 4, 2018
A Virginia mom filed a notice of intent to provide home instruction and checked the box to indicate that she was qualified because she had a high school diploma.
But when a public school official in this north-central county realized the mom had earned her diploma after finishing a homeschool program, he said, “A homeschool diploma is not recognized as a high school diploma.” He told the mom she must find another option to qualify to homeschool her child.
After the mom asked HSLDA for help, I wrote a letter to the county official. I explained the legal basis of high school diplomas issued by parents who have provided a homeschool education to their children.
I emphasized that a parent’s power to issue a diploma is not contingent on the approval of any government agency. And finally I noted that there is no government agency to whom the General Assembly has given the power to “recognize” homeschool high school diplomas.
The mom heard nothing further from the official.