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2/26/2004 3:24:37 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Urgent: Calls Needed to Pass Homeschool Bill in the Senate

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February 26, 2004


Virginia--Urgent: Calls Needed to Pass Homeschool Bill in the Senate


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Good news: the Senate Education Committee, who postponed
reconsideration of HB 675 from last week has voted 8-7 this morning
to pass the bill. If you remember, one of our key supporters, Sen.
Houck, was sick, leaving the bill with a 7-7 tie last week. At the
vote this morning Sen. Houck voted in our favor.

This Monday the full Senate will vote on H.B. 675 so your calls to
your own senator are needed immediately.

We drafted H.B. 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.


Action:

Call your senator and urge him or her to support H.B. 675. Calls are
not necessary to the eight senators on the committee who voted with
us: Sen. Potts, Sen. Houck, Sen. Martin, Sen. Newman, Sen. Quayle,
Sen. Bolling, Sen. Ruff, and Sen. Mims.

Please give your senator this message in your own words:

"Please vote in support of H.B. 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."

If you do not know who your state representative is, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

Thank you for all your calls to help us get this far!


Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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