Last month, Jacob Berry, a 22-year-old homeschool graduate from Morgantown, West Virginia, and straight-A student, was kicked out of West Virginia’s Bridgeport Junior College when the school’s president, Sharron Stephens, realized he was home educated.
She told Berry that his presence on campus jeopardized the college’s federal funding and gave him one day to produce an “accredited” diploma. Although the family had complied with the state’s homeschool law, homeschooling parent-issued diplomas are not “accredited.”
HSLDA previously reported that the president was misinformed because federal guidelines simply require parents to certify the completion of high school in order to qualify for financial aid. There was never any risk to the school, said HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly. Donnelly sent a letter on behalf of the member family to the college president, but she refused to talk to him. So Donnelly publicized Jacob’s story.
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Thousands of parents who were forced to homeschool during the COVID-19 pandemic have opted to continue educating their children at home.