From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


6/2/2003 2:13:19 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Chairman of Senate Education Committee Supports SOL Test for Homeschoolers

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...


June 2, 2003

In a recent interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia
Senator H. Russell Potts, chairman of the powerful Senate Education
Committee, said that he believed that homeschooled children should be
required to take the Standards of Learning (SOL) test just like
students in Virginia's public schools.

"There should be one set of rules," the paper quotes Potts as saying.
According to the article, Potts pointed proudly to his endorsement by
the Virginia Education Association and said, "I'm a public-education

The complete article can be found at:

As recently as the 2002 legislative session, a bill was introduced in
the Virginia House of Delegates that would have prohibited students
from receiving a degree from a Virginia state university without
first passing the SOL. The bill would have made it impossible for
homeschool graduates to obtain a degree even though they had met all
of the university's requirements. After many homeschoolers contacted
members of the House Education Committee, the bill was defeated.

HSLDA opposes both state and national SOL-type tests because they
tend to standardize education and could lead to a state-required
curriculum for homeschoolers.

"The genius of homeschooling is that it allows parents to tailor
education to the specific needs of the child," said Michael Smith,
President of Home School Legal Defense Association. "Tests like
Virginia's SOL encourage teaching to the test, rather than teaching a
child how to learn."

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