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2/4/2002 5:21:08 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Victory! Virginia House Bill 663 Defeated

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February 4, 2002

Dear Virginia Members and Friends,

This morning, Home School Legal Defense Association Attorney Scott
Woodruff testified against Virginia House Bill 663 at a House
Education Committee hearing. The committee voted nearly unanimously
to "pass by" the bill indefinitely, meaning no further action will be
taken on the bill this year. It is essentially dead.

Under H.B. 663, home schooled students would have been prohibited
from getting a college degree from a state college unless they had
taken and passed the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test. This
would have been a devastating blow for many home schooling families.
Sponsored by Delegate Benny Keister (District 6, D), this bill would
also have prohibited private school and out-of-state students from
getting a degree unless they had first taken and passed the SOL test.
There were six co-sponsors of this bill along with Keister: Barlow
(District 64, D), Baskerville (District 71, D), Brink (District 48,
D), Moran (District 46, D), Pollard (District 99, D), and Watts
(District 39, D).

Thank you for your phone calls! Your voice was heard! Even Delegate
Keister, the lone defiant vote in favor of the bill, commented at the
hearing today that he received "many" phone calls. It was reported
that some offices received as many as 200 phone calls. From the very
beginning of the hearing, there was obviously very little enthusiasm
for this bill. Your phone calls no doubt contributed to the bill's
demise.

We praise God for this significant victory!

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
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