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4/19/2004 12:43:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Governor Warner Amends Homeschool Freedom bill--Calls Needed Now to Override

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Monday, April 19, 2004


Virginia--Governor Warner Amends Homeschool Freedom bill--Calls
Needed Now to Override


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Despite the hundreds of calls, e-mails and the lobbying efforts of
HEAV and HSLDA, Governor Warner removed our high school option in HB
675 and wrote his own option. Senator Potts, the chairman of the
education committee, and Senator Houck, a leading Democrat along with
the Lt. Governor, all urged Governor Warner to sign the bill, but to
no avail.

Governor Warner's convoluted amendment is unacceptable, so we are
urging everyone to call their Delegate and Senator Monday and Tuesday
to kill Warner's amendment on Wednesday. We only need simply a
majority in one house to kill his amendments.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please call your Delegate and Senator by Wednesday, April 21 and
give him this message:

"Please vote against Governor Warner's amendments to HB 675. His
amendments limit the freedoms of homeschoolers."

Call your Delegate and Senator at their district offices. You can
locate these numbers using HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at:
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

2. Call Governor Warner and urge him to sign the original HB 675 that
allows parents with a high school diploma to homeschool without
unnecessary and burdensome restrictions.

If Warner's amendments are rejected by the General Assembly, as we
expect, we need to continue to exert pressure, requesting that he
sign the bill rather than veto.

Call Governor Warner at 804-786-2211 and express your opinion.

If the line is busy or it is after 5:30 p.m., you may fax a short
message like the one above. Include your name and mailing address.
This is very effective and easy for them to count. Fax the governor
at 804-371-6351.


BACKGROUND

Governor Warner's new option in the homeschool bill states that a
parent can homeschool if he or she:

"holds a high school diploma and has achieved a composite score on
PRAXIS I or SAT I not less than the composite score required for
beginning teachers licensed by the Board of Education or has achieved
a score above the 50th percentile in English and Mathematics on a
national standardized norm-referenced test approved by the Department
of Education."

No other state has such a complicated restriction on parents with a
high school diploma. Warner's option sends the wrong message. It
implies that parents with high school diplomas cannot be trusted to
teach their own children.

On Wednesday, April 21, the General Assembly will meet for their
constitutionally required Reconvened Session where they will consider
all bills vetoed or amended by the Governor.

Joe Guarino explains the process HB 675 must go through on Wednesday
April 21:

"The House of Delegates will consider the amendments to this bill
first since the bill originated in that house.

If the Delegates agree to the amendments, then the Senate must
consider them. If the Senate agrees to the amendments, then the
Governor would sign the original bill into law as amended.

On the other hand, if the Delegates disagree with any or all of the
amendments, it would be reported to the Governor that his amendments
were rejected. He must then sign or veto the original bill without
his amendments. If he signs the bill, it becomes law and goes into
effect July 1. If he vetoes the bill, the General Assembly can do
nothing else, and the bill dies."

Please take a moment and call!

Thank for you standing with us for freedom.


Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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