The Home School Court Report
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July / August 2003

Homeschoolers shine at competitions
Ready for the new school year
Farris given prize
The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

Signs of the turning tide

Timeline of the Stumbo case

The Stumbos' thoughts
Bush signs bill to protect families

Along the way

The National Center for Home Education
Freedom Watch

Watching school choice issues
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Active Cases
About Campus
President's page

Beyond our expectations


Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for March/April 2003



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Four-year rule abolished

On April 2, 2003, years of hard work by West Virginia homeschoolers culminated in victory when Governor Bob Wise signed Senate Bill 206, abolishing the state's archaic "four-year rule."

There is a long history behind this accomplishment. In 1999, Home School Legal Defense Association, Christian Home Educators of West Virginia (CHEWV), and West Virginia Home Educators Association corresponded about working to abolish the four-year rule.

Although the first attempt, Senate Bill 189, filed in the 2000 legislative session, did not result in eliminating the four-year rule, it did bring about an experiment-a one-year waiver of the four-year rule.

In the following legislative session, homeschoolers filed House Bill 2595. After a tough fight, the legislature agreed to waive the four-year rule for two additional years.

On January 22, 2003, we filed Senate Bill 181 (subsequently known as Senate Bill 206). Homeschoolers faced intense opposition from teacher's unions and others as well as efforts to take away important freedoms. A potentially disastrous provision that would have given the hostile state board of education power to regulate homeschooling was defeated only days before the session ended. With literally minutes remaining on the last day of the legislative session, however, the bill flew through the legislature with only two nay votes (and one of those was an accident).

John Carey of CHEWV worked harder in this campaign than any other person. We owe him a debt of gratitude. Of all the lawmakers who helped homeschoolers turn their dream for freedom into reality, Delegate Jerry Mezzatesta stands out conspicuously for his long-term partnership with us.

The fight was long, but this new liberty will bless many generations.

Scott A. Woodruff