February 8, 1999
|FROM:||Chancellor Stephen R. Portch|
I received the attached response from the Home School Coalition; it is very disappointing. As you will recall, I accepted their entire proposal, except that I asked that the portfolio demonstrate the same range of curriculum that we will be expecting of public school students and that the students take SAT II's for the purpose of researching the preparation of home school students. (I even offered to seek funding for the tests.) The Coalition apparently cannot accept those two minor adjustments to their proposal. I, frankly, don't understand why.
For the benefit of these students, it is time to act. So, for now, our printed policy requiring SAT II's stands.
However, I do not want home schooled students caught in some political stalemate caused by certain groups. Therefore, for the time being, feel free to use Presidential exceptions for home school students that you believe have a reasonable chance to succeed in college. Also please be sure to code them appropriately as home school students so that we can, as the coalition asked, generate data on their success rate.
cc: Chairman Ed Jenkins
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