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May 26, 2006

Senate Bill 499: Qualifications to Provide Home Instruction

Sponsor:
Senator Phillip P. Puckett

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:

01/11/2006 (Senate): Prefiled And Ordered Printed
01/11/2006 (Senate): Referred To Committee On Education And Health
01/19/2006(Senate): Reported From Education And Health (10-Y 5-N)
01/24/2006 (Senate): Read Third Time And Passed Senate (30-Y 9-N)
01/24/2006 (Senate) Communicated To House

HSLDA's Position:
Support.

Action Requested:
No more action is necessary, as this bill has passed.

Background:
S.B. 499 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

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

Bill Text

Bill History