From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/17/2005 4:23:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Calls Needed Urgently--Testing Freedom In Jeopardy

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 17, 2005

Virginia--Calls Needed Urgently--Testing Freedom In Jeopardy

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Yesterday the House of Delegates threatened a parent's freedom to
choose which test to use by rejecting the Senate amendment to House
Bill 1770.

Because the two chambers have disagreed, several crucial steps
(described below) will now happen quickly.


1. Please call your Senator and ask him to oppose HB 1770 as amended
by the House.

Your message can be as simple as, "Please oppose HB 1770 as amended by
the House and ask for a conference committee to restore the Senate

Call the Constituent Viewpoint switchboard to leave a message for your
Senator. You can use (800) 889-0229 if you live outside the Richmond
area or (804) 698-1990 if you live in Richmond.

If you do not know who your Senator is, you can use our legislative
toolbox at

2. Please pass this on to others. We need as many calls as possible!


The bill will go back to the Senate immediately. The Senate could
accept the harmful House version, or stand firm on the Senate
amendment and request a conference committee to restore the Senate

Fewer than half the states require any testing. Of those that do,
many already give parents freedom to use any nationally standardized
achievement test, including New Hampshire, Colorado, South Dakota,
North Carolina, Florida, and Hawaii. These states have not
experienced any problems related to parents having the freedom to

We understand that the bill's sponsor, Delegate Dillard, may have
opposed the Senate amendment because he believed it was ambiguous.
This is contradicted by the experience in the states listed below.
They have had no problems with ambiguity. The language of the Senate
amendment is almost identical to language used in these states:

1. New Hampshire
... any national student achievement test...

2. Colorado
... a nationally standardized achievement test ....

3. South Dakota
... a nationally standardized achievement test of the basic skills.

4. North Carolina
... a nationally standardized test or other nationally standardized
equivalent measurement.

5. Florida
... any nationally normed student achievement test...

6. Hawai
...a nationally-normed standardized achievement test...

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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