From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/30/2002 5:04:53 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Virginia--Wednesday Hearing Postponed: Calls Still Needed Against H.B. 663

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 30, 2002

Dear Virginia Members and Friends,

This morning, I attended the House Education Committee hearing in
Richmond for House Bill 663. Under this measure, 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. Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV)
joins HSLDA in opposing this bill.

The reason for this second e-lert: the committee did not get to H.B.
663 today, largely because of time spent on another bill that would
have required thorough eye examinations for children entering
kindergarten. However, H.B. 663 will be on the agenda for hearing
again on Monday, February 4.

Requested Action:

Between now and the February 4 hearing, we urge you to please
continue calling all the House Education Committee members EXCEPT
Delegates Lingamfelter, Black, O'Brien, Dillard, Rust, Reese, and
Councill. These members have promised they will oppose this bill,
largely because of the hundreds of calls they have received from home
school families in Virginia.

Give committee members this message:

"Please vote against H.B. 663. It would prevent home school, private
school, and out-of-state students from getting college degrees from
Virginia state colleges. Whether a college student gets a degree
should depend on his performance in college, not his performance in
high school."

Please call the House Education Committee Members listed below:

Robert Tata
(804) 698-1085

Phillip A. Hamilton
(804) 698-1093

R. Steven Landes
(804) 698-1025

Thomas Bolvin
(804) 698-1043

Melanie L. Rapp
(804) 698-1096

Robert B. Bell
(804) 698-1058

William R. Janis
(804) 698-1056

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

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

HSLDA is presently lobbying the committee members to obtain their
commitments to vote against H.B. 663.

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.

Thank you for the efforts you have already made toward defeating this
legislation. Please share this information with other home schoolers-
to prevent this type of bill from resurfacing in Virginia and other
states, H.B. 663 needs to be soundly defeated now.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.

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