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    Filed at 2:38 pm under by dcobranchi

    Not quite as bad as I expected:

    Daryl,

    This is indeed a bill worth supporting. It would remove the requirement that a student receive a high school diploma or its equivalent before receiving a state scholarship grant to college.

    It wouldn´t affect graduates of Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency or it´s five sister organizations because their diplomas are already recognized for state scholarship grants, but it would help dropouts, recipients of parent-issued diplomas, and those who enter college before high school graduation.

    Howard

    I love the rough equivalence between dropouts and those who have parent-issued diplomas. At least he came out in favor of the bill. Small favors.

    UPDATE: I can’t help but highlight this Section 522 note:

    National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) opposes Federal House Resolution (HR 1815) a bill that is being promoted by Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) in order to overcome the effects of the decision by the military to move homeschoolers from the high school graduate category (tier 1) to the GED category (tier 2).

    The problem is that many drop-outs call themselves homeschoolers in order to enhance their resumes, and there is no accountability in most states that would prevent them from doing so. Only in Pennsylvania and South Carolina can homeschool organizations protect the reputation of homeschool diplomas.

    Even though real homeschoolers on average score much higher than school students on tests, the group of “homeschoolers” being enlisted in the military actually score a bit lower on the military´s aptitude test. In fact, those homeschoolers who score average or below tend to drop-out of the military at a rate similar to those who once dropped-out of school.

    If this bill passes as is, homeschoolers would be enlisted just as heavily (the bill says “no practical limit with regard to enlistment”) as school graduates.

    However, NHELD holds that this bill would let the Secretary of Defense regulate home school graduation and so opposes it. They are suspicious about what would be in the Secretary of Defense´s policy, which would have the force of law. They are also opposed to the word “home school” appearing in federal statutes for fear that it lead to a federal definition of homeschooling that could in and of itself regulate what homeschoolers would have to do.

    I favor HSLDA’s bill because it would solve an important problem. Currently the U.S. Army is enlisting homeschool graduates on the same basis as school graduates — but that is because they are having trouble meeting their recruitment goals. The other services are discriminating against homeschoolers. Without a bill like this one, all of the services will discriminate against homeschoolers once peace comes.

    Howard

    8 Responses to “HOWIE UPDATE”


    Comment by
    Valerie
    December 5th, 2005
    at 8:20 pm

    >> I favor HSLDA’s bill because it would solve an important problem. … Without a bill like this one, all of the services will discriminate against homeschoolers once peace comes.


    Comment by
    Valerie
    December 5th, 2005
    at 8:24 pm

    Your site ate the rest of my comment. What appears above is me merely quoting from Howard.

    Let’s see if the rest of my comment appears this time:

    I don’t favor HSLDA’s bill because it would allow homeschoolers to be the only population subgroup that would not be subject to the rules applied to everyone else — only because they’re ‘homeschoolers.’

    This whole thing is … surreal.

    The Army regulation for enlistment contains 12 pages of eligiblity requirements.

    army.m...10.pdf
    See PDF pages 17 – 29 for “eligibility criteria” for non-prior service recruits

    Section I Basic Eligibility Criteria
    2–1. General
    2–2. Basic eligibility criteria for all nonprior-service applicants
    2–3. Age
    2–4. Citizenship
    2–5. Name (re: legal changes of name)
    2–6. Social Security number (merely that it is required)
    2–7. Education (pages 20 – 22)
    2–8. Trainability (this is where the AFQT testing comes in)
    2–9. Physical
    2–10. Dependents (whether you’re married with, or without, kids [max of 2 for no waiver])
    2–11. Moral and administrative criteria
    2–12. Suggested civilian or military clothing list for Glossary nonprior service and prior service (prior service with a break of less than 90 days need to have their mil. issue clothing)
    2–13. Review of enlistment forms and documents (gotta have your paperwork)
    2–14. Entrance national agency check/national agency check with local agency check and credit check (security clearance stuff)
    2–15. Educational assistance for Regular Army/Army Reserve (the gov’t is required to provide information on the Montgomery GI Bill)

    Section II Enlistment Periods and Pay Grades
    2–16. Authorized enlistment periods (if certain jobs require a longer term of service — long schools require a longer commitment so that a good return of service is made for the cost of the training)
    2–17. Pay grade and date of rank (non-prior service people start at the bottom of the ladder)
    2–18. Enlistment pay grades for personnel without prior service “Each applicant who claims, but cannot substantiate, qualification for higher enlistment grade will be required to acknowledge that they have read and understand this rule and the time frames established.”
    2–19. Verification requirements for enlistment in higher grade “Applicant must provide documentation to support enlistment in higher pay grade.”
    2–20. Semester hour requirements “a. Combining of semester hours with quarter hours or combining clock hours with either semester or quarter hours for enlistment purposes and advanced promotion is authorized.”

    And not only are there eligibility requirements for non-prior service (total newbies), but there are requirements for prior service:
    Chapter 3 Enlistment in the Regular Army and the Army Reserve for Prior-Service Applicants
    Section I Basic Eligibility Criteria
    That’s another 12 pages.


    Comment by
    Valerie
    December 5th, 2005
    at 8:39 pm

    I have to reply again — reading is … a challenge
    ([breaks into song] Blinded by the site, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night. Blinded by the site …).

    quoted text: “The problem is that many drop-outs call themselves homeschoolers in order to enhance their resumes, and there is no accountability in most states that would prevent them from doing so. Only in Pennsylvania and South Carolina can homeschool organizations protect the reputation of homeschool diplomas.”

    I’m assuming that’s why the general eligibility requirements of the services stipulate that the homeschooling resume include 12 years of graded instruction.

    If the people in question get a year of high school as seniors, or get the 15 college credit hours, we won’t have the problem of the homefoolers, now will we.

    army.m...10.pdf
    PDF pp. 21 – 22
    (b) Also required is a copy of the applicant’s transcript(s) for all school grades completed. The transcripts will include enrollment date, graduation date, and type of curriculum. Additionally, the transcripts must reflect successful completion of the last 9 academic months of continuous schooling from the home school or parent issuing the diploma.
    (c) The curriculum used must involve parental instruction and supervision and should closely pattern normal subjects used in the traditional high schools. Accelerated home study programs and lesson packets that award a credential based on testing are not acceptable. Lesson packets that award a credential based on assessment and testing are not acceptable.
    (d) Further evaluation and additional verification are required on all applicants attempting to enlist with only a diploma and transcript from the parents/guardian. These cases will be referred to the battalion educational services specialist for further evaluation. If a decision cannot be reached at battalion level the educational services specialist will send the packet through brigade to HQ USAREC Education Division, Policy Branch for final approval/disapproval.


    Comment by
    Daryl
    December 5th, 2005
    at 8:55 pm

    Valerie,

    What part is bothering you? The blue bars or the black-on-white text? I’m trying to extend the blue bars all the way down to the bottom of the page. That will reduce the white space. But that might not be the problem.


    Comment by
    Daryl
    December 5th, 2005
    at 9:54 pm

    I’m still working on the sidebars. Is the color better?


    Comment by
    Natalie
    December 7th, 2005
    at 2:01 am

    I think the white is too bright, and I’m young (about to turn 29…once again), so it’s a site thing, not a sight thing. Get it? [nudge, nudge] Site? Sight? Anyway…

    Perhaps a nice shade of butter or cream (mmmm, icing) might take the edge off the starkness as well as compliment the blue.

    But, I do like the new look!

    Natalie~whose own blog is suffering from criminal neglect


    Comment by
    Daryl
    December 7th, 2005
    at 3:34 am

    I’m not being argumentative–

    Here’s the old site. I tabbed both views and I can’t see a difference in the brightness. Both backgrounds appear to my 43-year-old eyes the same. I’m still working on an alternative view for the site. I also might try to put both sidebars on the right. Stick with me for a bit.


    Comment by
    Cindy
    December 7th, 2005
    at 11:05 am

    Natalie, I’d claim a Holiday Dispensation. 🙂