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2/25/2005 7:41:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Homeschool Testing Freedom Protected

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February 25, 2005

Virginia--Homeschool Testing Freedom Protected

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

House Bill 1770 has been defeated. Two days ago, we asked you to call
the conference committee that was considering the "Testing Freedom
Bill," HB 1770. We urged you to instruct the conference committee to
support HB 1770, as amended by the Senate Education and Health
Committee. The conference committee did not do this, but instead
approved the unacceptable House language.

On February 25, 2005, the House of Delegates rejected the decision of
the conference committee by a vote of 34 yeas and 64 nays. That means
that even though the Senate voted to accept the decision of the
conference committee by a vote of 29 yeas and 11 nays, HB 1770 will
not become law.

While we are disappointed that testing freedom legislation did not
pass this session, we are encouraged by the mobilization and
participation of homeschoolers in the process. Your calls stopped
legislation that would have given the State Department of Education
the power to control which tests you use.

Thank you for defending homeschool freedoms.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney




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