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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.

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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