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1/27/2004 12:02:05 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Urgent Calls Needed Today to Pass Homeschool Bill!

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January 27, 2004

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your calls today! Below are the uncommitted delegates and
they need to hear from you concerning HB 675, the homeschool freedom
bill.

The hearing scheduled yesterday has been postponed to 8:30 AM
tomorrow (January 28).

We drafted a bill (HB 675) to end the baccalaureate degree
requirement in Virginia. If passed, this bill will allow families to
homeschool with just a high school diploma! This bill will bring
Virginia up to speed with 48 other states that allow homeschoolers to
only have a high school diploma or less to teach their children. It
will also end the harassment some families without college degrees
have faced from school districts.

HSLDA and the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) had HB
675 introduced by Del. Rob Bell of Charlottesville. Homeschool
lobbyist Joe Guarino, representing both organizations, has been
tirelessly visiting the members of the education committee and has
secured 8 supporters. The key will be to win over the support of the
members listed below.


ACTION:

There are two important action items:

1) Call your delegate if listed below and urge him or her to support
HB 675. Call ONLY if you live in their district. (If you know
someone who lives in their district, call that person and ask them to
call the delegate.)

Please give your delegate this message:

"Please vote in support of HB 675 and thereby protect every parent's
right to homeschool in Virginia. This will bring Virginia up to speed
with the other states that focus on results, not qualifications. The
studies ALL show that homeschooling works, with students scoring
above average regardless of the parents' qualifications."

Here are the uncommitted Education Committee delegates that need to
be urged to support HB 675:

Del. Bill Carrico, Independence 804-698-1005

Del. Paul Councill, Franklin 804-698-1075

Del. Jeff Frederick, Woodbridge 804-698-1052

Del. Phil Hamilton, Newport News 804-698-1093

Del. Bennie Keister, Dublin 804-698-1006

Del. Melanie Rapp, Yorktown 804-698-1096

Del. Gary Reese, Oak Hill 804-698-1067

Del. Tom Rust, Herndon 804-698-1086

2) Please make every effort to attend the first hearing on HB 675.
Without a strong showing of support from the homeschool community,
this bill may not pass. The Virginia Education Association has
already targeted this bill for defeat.

The bill, HB 675, has been rescheduled to be heard for the first time
before the full House Education Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 8:30
a.m. in the House Appropriations Room on the 9th floor of the General
Assembly Building. This will be a great field trip for your
children!

Please pray for this important bill to pass.

For more information and documentation that demonstrates that there
is no positive correlation between teacher qualifications and student
performance, see http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1288.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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