A bill that would give home-school diplomas the same weight as high school degrees earned by private-school students is nearing final passage in the Legislature after a House committee gave its unanimous endorsement on Tuesday.
Republican Louisiana state senator Mike Walsworth was apparently inspired to create the bill after one of his constituents applied for a job in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and was declared ineligible for a position because he didn’t have a regular high school diploma.
The “same weight” is a little vague, however. There’s no guarantee that Louisiana college admissions offices, for instance, will look upon the students in a roughly equivalent way. It perhaps makes sense to think that home-schooled students essentially earned a high diploma, but it’s really hard to tell what they’ve accomplished in an education environment essentially devoid of competition.