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3/3/2004 8:58:28 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Homeschool Freedom Bill Passes Senate

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March 3, 2004


Virginia--Homeschool Freedom Bill Passes Senate


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your calls!

On March 1 the Senate voted 25-15 to pass HB 675, the Homeschool
Freedom bill. It now goes to the desk of Governor Warner. We will
send out an update on how to contact the governor when we find out
the timing of when the bill will arrive on his desk.

The debate lasted 40 minutes and fifteen senators spoke. The
opponents of the bill demonstrated their extreme prejudice.

Here is an excerpt from Joe Guarino, working with the Home Education
Association of Virginia (HEAV) and HSLDA, as he observed the lengthy
debate in the Senate yesterday:

"Senator Janet Howell (D-Reston) said, "If you are a proponent of
children, then you must be repulsed by this bill." She voiced utter
fear as she continued, "Parents will have total control of the
education of their child." Senator Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria) thought
this bill "defies common sense" because it "dumbs down" our children.
She thought only professionals should teach children and that parents
do not qualify. Mims referred to several opponents' comments as
"somewhat elitist." Senator Richard Saslaw (D-Springfield) commented:
"I wouldn't want a parent with a high school diploma teaching my
kid!" He also stated that it was "absurd" for anyone to think that a
homeschool education was as good as a public education."

This typified the attacks we heard at the Senate committee meeting
two weeks ago. The opponents of homeschooling are still alive and
well and if ever given the chance, they will try to take away our
freedom.

Thank you for being vigilant and willing to make sacrifices to
protect and expand our freedom to homeschool. Your calls and
membership with HSLDA helps make these advances possible and keep
homeschooling free in Virginia.


Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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