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2/21/2006 5:00:45 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Update: College Degree Requirement to be Removed

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February 21, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

The pair of bills that would allow parents with a high school diploma
to choose their own curriculum (House Bill 1340 and Senate Bill 499)
have passed the house and senate. Thank you for your calls. Your
voice was heard!

This afternoon the patrons of both bills and representatives of Home
School Legal Defense Association, Virginia Home Educators Association,
and the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers met with Bill Murray,
Governor Kaine's legislative director to discuss Governor Kaine's
position on the bills.

Two years ago a nearly identical bill passed both houses but was
vetoed by former Governor Warner. Tim Kaine, who was Lieutenant
Governor at the time, had urged Governor Warner to sign it. We
therefore anticipated that as governor, Tim Kaine would be in favor of
the bill.

During the meeting today it became clear that Governor Kaine supported
the bill, but the Department of Education requested that a provision
be added that would require the department to monitor the
implementation of the bill and communicate any appropriate findings to
the General Assembly in 2008.

All the participants in the meeting agreed that this provision would
not detract from the bill's purpose. Every legitimate study of
homeschool student achievement has shown them to excel, and we expect
the same if the department chooses to monitor by tracking test scores.
Furthermore, their authority to monitor expires in 2008. With this in
mind, all participants agreed to the department's request.

It has taken years of work to get this far, but it now appears
virtually certain that within a very short time parents with only a
high school diploma will have the same curriculum choices as college
graduates. The battles we previously had to fight in some
counties--particularly Goochland--over inappropriate enforcement of
the curriculum requirement, will be a thing of the past. This will be
a tremendous step forward for homeschool freedom in Virginia.

Thank you for your patient, strong support for the effort to bring
this new freedom to homeschool families.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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