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1/30/2008 5:02:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Gloucester County Sends Unauthorized 'Survey'

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Virginia--Gloucester County Sends Unauthorized 'Survey'

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Gloucester County Public Schools recently sent an unauthorized
"survey" to homeschool parents. The survey asked for information to
which the school system is not entitled under law, including your
reasons for homeschooling, whether you are considering putting your
children back in public school, etc.

The cover letter accompanying the survey gushed about how interested
the public school system is in the success of each child, but it's
really all about money. They are trying to set up a public school at
home program (also known as a "virtual school"). Every homeschooler
who signs up for their public-school-at-home program would bring more
tax dollars to the school system. And the children would become
public school students.

Since membership in HSLDA is only for homeschoolers, families whose
children are enrolled in Gloucester's online program would not be
eligible for membership in HSLDA.

Data from Idaho and Kansas indicate that children in
public-school-at-home programs score lower than children in
conventional public schools. Do not let allow the hype from the
school system make you believe their program is good for kids. Freedom
works best. When parents remain fully responsible for their
children's education, they excel. The average homeschool 8th-grader
scores the same on standardized tests as the average public school
12th-grader, according to research by Dr. Lawrence Rudner of the
University of Maryland.

Gloucester may offer you free books, free online programs, free access
to public school teachers, etc. But these "freebies" come with a high
price: loss of your ability to control your child's education.

Since Gloucester's survey seeks information not authorized by law, and
since it's really just advertising for their new money-making
strategy, we recommend that you simply ignore it.

Sincerely Yours....

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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-> Who are the nation's best lobbyists?

We don't know that this has ever been determined; but we do know
that HSLDA's National Center for Home Education is the only
national organization lobbying on behalf of homeschoolers on
Capitol Hill.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1102

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