From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/30/2004 5:54:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Urgent - Calls Needed Monday Morning to Pass the Home School Bill!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 30, 2004

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need you to continue to call the members of the Assembly regarding
HB 675! The full House of Delegates is voting this Monday afternoon,
February 2nd--and the vote will likely be close.

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. The bill will give
homeschool parents without a college degree full freedom to choose
their own curriculum,

Your calls and e-mails will make the difference!

Homeschool lobbyist Joe Guarino, who has visited over 50 delegates
today, found that many of them are favorably impressed with the
amount of e-mails and calls they have received in support of this
bill. Keep up the good work!


1. If you have not called yet, please call your delegate and urge him
or her to support HB 675. 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."

2. Use our legislative toolbox to find the phone number for your
Delegate. It is not necessary to call Delegate Bell, the sponsor of
the bill. (

3. Pass this message on to others.


This bill will bring Virginia up to speed with 48 other states that
allow homeschoolers who 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) asked
Del. Rob Bell of Charlottesville to introduce HB 675.

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


Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

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