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This House Joint Resolution would requests the Virginia Department of Education to study the religious exemption option for home schooling (§ 22.1-254.B.1 of the Code of Virginia). This “study” would include a survey of each school board to determine (i) how the school board makes its decisions; (ii) whether it is ever reviewed; (iii) whether the board requires renewal of the exemption; (iv) whether the school board monitors the educational progress of the student. The resolution also questions whether the religious exemption statute should be changed to help implement mandatory education as described in the Virginia Constitution.
01/07/2014 Referred to Rules Committee
01/28/2014 Placed in the Rules subcommittee on studies
01/30/2014 Scheduled on the Rules subcommittee docket(4:30 p.m., 6th floor speaker's conference room)
01/30/2014 Recommended tabling by Rules subcommittee. Bill is effectively dead.
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A link to the religious exemption statute to which this law refers.
HSLDA E-lert, Jan. 13, 2014: "Call Now to Thwart Attack on Faith-Based Homeschooling"
HSLDA E-lert, Jan. 17, 2014: "Call Committee to Protect the Religious Exemption"
HSLDA E-lert, Jan. 28, 2014: "Crucial Week to Stop Attack on Faith-Based Homeschooling"
HSLDA E-lert, Jan. 31, 2014: "Faith-Based Education Win!"