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2/10/2004 8:34:07 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Senate Hearing Rescheduled but Calls Still Needed for Homeschool Bill

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February 10, 2004

Senate Hearing Rescheduled but Calls Still Needed for Homeschool Bill

Dear Virginia HSLDA members and friends:

The Senate Education Committee hearing for H.B. 675 has been
rescheduled for February 19, 2004. HSLDA will be testifying at the
hearing.

We still need your calls to the committee members.

Below are the uncommitted senators and they need to hear from you
concerning HB 675, the homeschool freedom bill. Your calls are
working. Sen. Houck, one of the senators targeted yesterday, has
already promised to support the homeschool bill. The committee has
fifteen members and at the current time eight senators are promising
support.

ACTION:

There are two important action items:

1) Call your senator 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 senator.)

Please give your senator this message in your own words:

"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 senators that need to be
urged to support HB 675:

Sen. Blevins
804-698-7514

Sen. Edwards
804-698-7521

Sen. Lucas
804-698-7518

Sen. Lambert
804-698-7509

2) Please make every effort to attend the Education Committee
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. This will be
a great field trip for your children!

The bill is scheduled to be heard at approximately 10:00 AM on
February 19. We will send an update when the hearing room is
determined.

BACKGROUND:

We drafted 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. No longer will it be necessary to seek
discretionary approval from the local superintendent or comply with
state SOLs! 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) asked
Del. Rob Bell of Charlottesville to introduce HB 675.

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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