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8/19/2004 9:03:22 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--HSLDA Continues to Watch Virginia School Districts

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August 19, 2004


Virginia--HSLDA Continues to Watch Virginia School Districts


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Governor Warner vetoed a bill recently that would have cleared up a
problematic portion of Virginia's homeschool law that requires
families homeschooling under option 4 to provide a curriculum or
program of study that includes the state SOLs for math and language
arts. Both houses of the legislature had previously passed the bill
by wide margins.

Most school systems accept a family's good faith assertion that their
curriculum or program of study includes the SOLs. Because of Governor
Warner's veto, however, it's inevitable that the occasional renegade
school system will assume that parents shouldn't be believed and
therefore demand that they "prove" their program includes the SOLs.
These school systems damage the community and can create lasting
resentment and ill will.

HSLDA intends to continue the effort to reform option 4. In the
meantime, if you homeschool under option 4 and your school system
demands that you "prove" your program includes the SOLs, an
appropriate response would be to truthfully state, "I am providing a
program of study that includes ... " (then copy and paste all the math
and language arts SOLs for your child's grade level). You can access
the SOLs at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1758

It is not particularly important if your curriculum does not include
the SOLs. You can satisfy the SOL requirement if either your
curriculum OR your "program of study" includes the SOLs. A "program of
study" is much broader than a curriculum and includes the totality of
instruction you provide your student.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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