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2/4/2008 4:22:41 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Calls Needed For More Assessment Options

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Virginia--Calls Needed For More Assessment Options

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

H. B. 1183, which expands year-end testing options, passed the House
Education Committee last week and will come for a vote on the floor of
the House of Delegates very soon.

H.B. 1183 gives families three new types of assessment options: a
letter from a certified teacher, a portfolio, and a report card from a
college, correspondence course, etc. Last year we saw a dramatic surge
in unreasonable rejections of perfectly good assessments. This new
legislation should curb the number of arbitrary rejections. The
standard is the same: adequate level of educational growth and
progress.

ACTION REQUESTED

Call your delegate and ask him or her to support H.B. 1183 without
further amendments. Your message can be as simple as,

"Please support H.B. 1183, without any more amendments. It will help
children who can best show their progress some way other than a
standardized test, reduce conflicts, and give families more options
for year-end assessments."

Use our Legislative Toolbox, http://www.hslda.org/toolbox , to find
your delegate's name.

BACKGROUND

The House Education Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of
Delegate Scott Lingamfelter's H.B. 1183, with strong bipartisan
support. There was only one "nay" vote.

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 bill was amended in committee by consent.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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