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1/29/2008 2:30:05 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Calls Needed Now To Increase Assessment Options

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Virginia--Calls Needed Now To Increase Assessment Options

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you for your calls! H.B. 1183, which would give homeschoolers
three new ways to satisfy the year-end assessment requirement, passed
subcommittee last night nearly unanimously with bipartisan support. I
testified and explained why the bill was necessary. Representatives
of Home Educators of Virginia and Organization of Virginia
Homeschoolers testified in favor of the bill also. No one testified
against the bill.

The full committee, the House Education Committee, will conduct a
hearing on the bill tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.. Your calls are
urgently needed to help the bill receive a favorable committee
recommendation and move forward toward enactment. I plan to be there
to testify.

ACTION REQUESTED

Use our Legislative Toolbox, http://www.hslda.org/toolbox , to find
out if your delegate is listed below, and then call and ask them to
support H.B. 1183. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please support H.B. 1183. It will help children who can best show
their progress some way other than a standardized test, reduce
conflicts because of conflicting local decisions, and give families
more options for year-end assessments."

Education Committee Members:

Tata, Robert 85th-R (804) 698-1085

Hamilton, Phillip A. 93rd-R, (804) 698-1093

Landes, R. Steven 25th-R, (804) 698-1025

Rust, Thomas Davis 86th-R, (804) 698-1086

Fralin, William H., Jr. 17th-R, (804) 698-1017

Cole, Mark L. 88th-R, (804) 698-1088

Gilbert, C. Todd 15th-R, (804) 698-1015

Janis, William R. 56th-R, (804) 698-1056

Athey, Clifford L., Jr. 18th-R, (804) 698-1018

Pogge, Brenda L. 96th-R, (804) 698-1096

Massie, James P. "Jimmie", III 72nd-R, (804) 698-1072

Loupassi, G. Manoli 68th-R, (804) 698-1068

Shuler, James M. 12th-D, (804) 698-1012

Alexander, Kenneth C. 89th-D, (804) 698-1089

Ebbin, Adam P. 49th-D, (804) 698-1049

Ware, Onzlee 11th-D, (804) 698-1011

Shannon, Stephen C. 35th-D, (804) 698-1035

McClellan, Jennifer L. 71st-D, (804) 698-1071

Tyler, Roslyn C. 75th-D, (804) 698-1075

Bulova, David L. 37th-D, (804) 698-1037

Morrissey, Joseph D. 74th-D, (804) 698-1074

BACKGROUND

Last year we saw a dramatic surge in unreasonable rejections of
perfectly good assessments. Assessments with basically identical
essential content that had been accepted previously were being
rejected. New demands were being made. There was tremendous
uncertainty because superintendents kept changing the rules.

Unfortunately, Virginia law currently gives only one clear option: a
standardized test. Anything else a family submits can be rejected at
the whim of the superintendent. Many other states give families
several clear choices, providing much-needed flexibility.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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