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3/16/2004 4:06:45 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Letters Needed to Governor to Pass Homeschool Freedom Bill

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March 16, 2004


Virginia--Letters Needed to Governor to Pass Homeschool Freedom Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

This is our last effort to pass into law the amendment that would
eliminate the baccalaureate degree requirement for homeschool
parents. The Governor has not stated his official position on HB
675. Please take the time to send a letter to his office asking him
to sign the bill (the bill will become law whether he signs it or
not, as long as he does not veto it).

This bill will help many families in Virginia whose parents have only
high school diplomas.

We do not know when the Governor will act on this. It could be after
the budget crisis which may extend into April, but there is no
guarantee. Therefore, we feel that it is prudent for homeschoolers
to send a steady stream of letters into his office in case he acts
prior to April.


Action Requested

Please take a moment to write to Governor Warner and urge him to sign
HB 675. Give him the message below in your own words. You may also
want to share something personal on how well your own homeschool
program is operating.

"Please sign 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."

Governor Mark R. Warner
State Capitol, 3rd Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219


Background

We helped draft HB 675, which ends 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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