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1/13/2006 5:01:39 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA--Act Now to Stop House Bill 537

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Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Delegate Harry Parrish (representing Manassas, Manassas Park, and
nearby parts of Prince William County) has filed a bill, House Bill
537, that would make it much easier for your local superintendent to
force you to stop homeschooling and dramatically increase the
paperwork load for parents and school officials.

Action requested:

If you live in his district, call Del. Parrish and ask him to withdraw
the bill. Emphasize that you live in his district. Your message can be
as simple as: "I am one of your constituents. Please withdraw House
Bill 537. It would dramatically increase unnecessary paperwork for
families and school officials, and unfairly penalize parents and
children." Call (804) 698-1050. You can also use our legislative
toolbox online at http://capwiz.com/hslda/home/ .

Del. Parrish's district includes all of Manassas and Manassas Park,
the part of Prince William County surrounding Manassas Park, and the
part of Prince William County sandwiched between Manassas, Fairfax
County, Sudley Road, and I-66.

Background:

1. The bill would require homeschool parents to notify the
superintendent every time they make a change in their curriculum,
causing pointless paperwork for parents and officials. Parents need
the flexibility to periodically make the curriculum adjustments their
child needs without the added burden of notifying an official every
time. Flexibility is one reason homeschooling is so successful.

2. The bill would raise the required standardized test score from the
4th stanine (23rd percentile) to the 5th stanine (40th percentile).
More parents would be unfairly forced to stop homeschooling, even
though providing an excellent education. If a child in public school
or private school scores in the 4th stanine, they are allowed to stay
in the same educational setting. The same should be true for
homeschooled children. Parents have the right to homeschool all their
children, whether the children are average, above average or below
average.

3. The bill greatly restricts the availability of probation following
a lower-than-required test score. Current law gives families the
right to probation if an adequate plan is filed. The bill empowers
the superintendent to refuse to allow probation for any reason or no
reason. Current law allows a full probationary year. The bill
empowers superintendents to cut short a probationary year at any time.

4. Homeschooling works. Study after study has shown that
homeschooled students score higher than others on standardized tests.
Homeschooled students excel in college and in life after college. No
new restrictions are warranted.

5. The trend nationwide is to reduce restrictions on homeschool
families. Several states have repealed homeschool testing
requirements recently so that now fewer than half the states require
homeschool testing. This bill tries to turn back the clock to the day
when harsher restrictions were common because little was known about
the success of homeschooling.

6. The Home Educators Association of Virginia and Organization of
Virginia Homeschoolers are also working to stop this bill.

Sincerely Yours

Scott A. Woodruff

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