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May 26, 2006

House Bill 1340: Qualifications to Provide Home Instruction

Sponsor:
Delegate Robert B. Bell

Summary:
Removes BA degree requirement, allows a parent to homeschool under the BA degree option if they only hold a high school diploma.

S.B. 499 and H.B. 1340 were companion bills. They both passed and were signed by the Governor and go into effect July 1, 2006.

Status:

01/11/06(House): Prefiled and ordered printed.
01/11/06(House): Referred to Committee on Education.
01/25/06(House): Reported from Committee on Education (14-Yes 8-No).
01/30/06(House): Vote: Engrossment (60-Yes 38-No)
01/31/06(House): Communicated To Senate.
02/01/06(Senate): Referred To Committee On Education And Health.

HSLDA's Position:
Support.

Action Requested:
No action is requested at this time.

Background:
H.B. 1340 will allow families with a high school diploma the same freedom to homeschool as other families. It will align Virginia with the other 48 states that allow homeschoolers who only have a high school diploma to teach their children without needless restrictions. Passage of the legislation will end the harassment families without college degrees face from some school districts.

For more information and documentation that demonstrates that there is no positive correlation between teacher qualifications and student performance, read the HSLDA issue analysis "The Myth of Teacher Qualifications."

 Other Resources

Jan.-30-2006—Virginia—Calls Needed to Support Homeschool Freedom Bill

Jan.-30-2006—Virginia—Victory for Homeschool Freedom Bill

Feb.-21-2006—Virginia—Update: College Degree Requirement to be Removed

Bill Text

Bill History