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2/27/2002 5:12:52 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Virginia--Triennial School Census

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February 27, 2002

Dear Virginia HSLDA Members and Friends,

Many of you may have already been contacted about completing Virginia
Triennial School Census. HSLDA would like our members to be aware
that you are not required to participate in this voluntary school
census. If you complete the census survey, the local public schools
will receive funding for your children.

The purpose of this census is to gather data on the number of
children in each school district subject to the compulsory school
attendance law. The schools receive funding from the state depending
on how many school aged children are in their district.

Although the purpose is to get a numeric count of school aged
children in your home, often the questions involved in the census go
beyond this area. The school district may also seek to gather
statistics "related to the interests of education." These questions
are unnecessary and many families consider them intrusive.

The school board is obligated to offer this census to you. The law
does not, however, mandate that you complete it. Members who do not
want to participate should simply tell the census worker "We decline
to participate in the voluntary school census. Thank you very much."

Please call us if the census workers refuse to recognize a family's
right not to participate.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.

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