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1/29/2002 2:58:46 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Virginia--Vote Tomorrow: Home Schoolers Must Pass SOL for College Degree

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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January 29, 2002

Dear Virginia Members and Friends,

Under Virginia House Bill 663, home schooled students would be
prohibited from getting a college degree from a state college unless
they take and pass the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test.
This would be a devastating blow for many home schooling families.
Delegate Benny Keister's (District 6, D) bill would also prohibit
private school and out-of-state students from getting a degree unless
they first take and pass the SOL test.

Action Requested:
Tomorrow, January 30, the House Education Committee is expected to
vote on this bill. Please call the committee members listed below as
soon as possible and tell them how you feel about this bill. Be
polite, but firm.
Your message may be as simple as this:
"Please vote against H.B. 663. It would prevent home school and
private school students and out-of-state students from getting
college degrees from state colleges. Whether a college student gets a
degree should depend on his performance in college, not his
performance in high school."

HSLDA's Reasons for Opposing H.B. 663:
1. Home schooled students are not required to be taught Virginia
SOLs, so it would be unfair to make them take the SOL test.
2. Once a student is enrolled in a state-supported college, he should
receive his degree based on his performance in his college courses,
not on his high school performance.
3. Colleges are not required to teach the SOLs, so it would be unfair
to make college students take the SOL test.
4. If the bill passes, it gives control over who gets a college
degree to the small group of people who write the SOL test. College
faculty, not SOL test writers, should determine who gets a college
degree.

Please Call the House Education Committee Members Listed Below:

James H. Dillard, II, Chairman
(804) 698-1041

Robert Tata
(804) 698-1085

James K. O'Brien
(804) 698-1040

Phillip A. Hamilton
(804) 698-1093

R. Steven Landes
(804) 698-1025

John S. Reid
(804) 698-1072

Thomas Bolvin
(804) 698-1043

Richard H. Black
(804) 698-1032

Melanie L. Rapp
(804) 698-1096

Robert B. Bell
(804) 698-1058

William R. Janis
(804) 698-1056

L. Scott Lingamfelter
(804) 698-1031

Thomas Davis Rust
(804) 698-1086

Gary A. Reese
(804) 698-1067

Charles W. Carrico, Sr.
(804) 698-1005

J. Paul Councill, Jr.
(804) 698-1075

Mitchell Van Yahres
(804) 698-1057

Mary T. Christian
(804) 698-1092

Robert Hull
(804) 698-1038

L. Karen Darner
(804) 698-1049

Flora Davis Crittenden
(804) 698-1095

W.B. (Benny) Keister
(804) 698-1006

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.

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