by Amy Tjaden News Editor


Last year state agencies in Tennessee suddenly stopped accepting diplomas that were issued from category 4 schools. Category 4 covers small schools that are not regulated by the state and homeschoolers.

According to officials there was no change in the law but there was some change in the interpretation of the law that has led to many employees losing their jobs or being required to go back and get GEDs.

Lawmakers are now trying to pass a law that would make diplomas given to homeschoolers equal to those given in public schools. A bill was put forth last year to remedy the situation but nothing came of it because lawmakers and the Department of Education had not reached a compromise.

I’m curious to see what happens with the bill this time around. I’m also curious as to the laws regarding diplomas in other states. I admit that I don’t know much about this issue. My kids are still young enough that I haven’t given this as much thought as I probably should.

I’d like to hear from other homeschooling parents about this. What do you know about your state’s laws regarding homeschooling and diplomas? Is your child enrolled in an accredited program in order to receive a diploma or will your child get a GED? I’d be very interested to hear from parents whose children have already graduated.

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