AÂ proposed testing requirement for extra-curricular participation by homeschooled children in public school programs in Pennsylvania has been dropped, partly in reaction to a threatened lawsuit by HSLDA.
- The Morning Call, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 7 March 2006, Bethlehem Area drops homeschooler testing plan
The Home School Legal Defense Association, in Purcellville, Va., threatened to sue the district if the policy was enacted because the group alleged that the policy discriminated against homeschoolers by creating a new set of guidelines for a particular group, and Pennsylvania law does not permit districts to create separate eligibility requirements for homeschoolers.”The intent was never to discriminate,” Director Margaret Williams said.
”The sense of the board was we just wanted to level the playing field,” said Board President Craig T. Haytmanek. ”But if it flies in the face of the law, we’ll back off.”