From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/4/2004 9:20:39 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Two Victories for Home Schoolers in Virginia Assembly!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 4, 2004

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for all your calls. Yesterday, the House of Delegates heard
you and passed HB 675 by a vote of 60 to 40!

The delegates heard you above the complaints of Delegate Dillard and
the Virginia Education Association who claimed allowing homeschool
parents with high school diplomas to teach their own children was a

The bill now goes to the Senate where we are working closely with
Senator Potts, chairman of the Education Committee. He has met with
us and has promised his full support.

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 and not
have to be approved by the superintendent.

Your calls and e-mails made the difference! God is good. Be ready to
call your senator next. We will notify you when to start calling

Child Welfare Investigation Reform Passed Unanimously!

HSLDA drafted H.B. 1135 which will create crucial due process
protections for homeschoolers and other families faced with child
welfare investigations. Delegate McDonnell is the sponsor.

Incredibly the bill passed full committee and the entire House of
Delegates unanimously yesterday. We are trying to pass this bill
without any fanfare or barrage of calls--and it is working.

The bill requires child protective services workers to be trained in
their duty to protect the statutory and constitutional rights of
those they are investigating, and requires child protective services
personnel to advise individuals subject to a child abuse and neglect
investigation of the complaint or allegation made against them.

HSLDA deals with cases on a daily basis where a social worker is
investigating an innocent homeschool family because of false
allegations. These tips, often supplied by those holding a grudge
against home education, are often investigated aggressively. Social
workers frequently demand to conduct physical inspections of
homeschool children or to interview very young children outside the
presence of their parents.

Oftentimes social workers refuse to state the allegation they are
investigating, and usually conduct the investigation in a manner that
violates the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The language from this bill originates from the provisions we were
able to pass into federal law.

On June 25, 2003, President George W. Bush signed the Keeping
Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (S.342). HSLDA was able to
attach these same two amendments that will protect families during
the child investigative process.

This is the most significant reform on social worker investigations
in the last decade.

It is important to pass this legislation at the state level to
guarantee that Congressional intent is implemented properly and
completely. The Department of Heath and Human Services has stated to
us that the most efficient and effective implementation is if the
provisions are codified at the state level.

If this law is passed it will keep social workers properly chained by
the Constitution and they will be liable for making certain they
respect the parental and 4th amendment rights of families.

In the meantime, pray to God that He will see this through in the


Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

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