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4/2/2004 2:37:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Calls Still Needed to Governor to Pass Homeschool Freedom Bill

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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April 2, 2004


Virginia--Calls Still Needed to Governor to Pass Homeschool Freedom
Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Your calls are still needed to encourage the Governor to sign HB 675.
Our latest information from the Governor's office is that he is "open
minded" concerning HB 675. Next week is crucial to get calls and
letters to his office.

The Governor has not stated his official position on HB 675, but
Secretary of Education Belle Wheelan has expressed opposition to the
bill.

Therefore, we are asking homeschoolers to call Governor Warner's
office and convey your support of HB 675.


ACTION REQUESTED:

Please take a moment to call Governor Warner's office 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 going. Also, be sure to send a letter if you have not yet
written to the Governor.

"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
Phone: (804) 786-2211
Fax: (804) 371-6351

Address:
State Capitol, 3rd Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219

You can also email the Governor here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1445


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



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