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2/19/2008 2:17:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Assessment Bill Needs Your Help!

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Virginia--Assessment Bill Needs Your Help!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Del. Scott Lingamfelter's H.B. 1183, guaranteeing fair consideration
for three specific types of year-end assessments, received a very
brutal welcome in subcommittee on Monday. We urgently need your help
for a breakthrough.

Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr., the lone Republican on the subcommittee,
moved to report the bill favorably to the full committee. Not one of
the other senators--all of whom are Democrats--"seconded" the motion,
so it failed to carry.

Fortunately, the bill will still come before the full committee. But
it will come with the stigma that the subcommittee rejected it. This
is why we need a groundswell of support from constituents who
homeschool to help this bill survive and move forward.

The full committee will consider the bill at 8:30 a.m. this Thursday,
February 21. Please call before then!

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your own senator. The location of each senator's district
office is listed below, giving an approximate area they represent. Use
our Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find out
for sure who your senator is.

In addition to calling your own senator, please call other senators.
If your last name begins with A through G, call senators in group 1.
If your last name begins with J through M, call senators in group 2.
If it begins with N through R, call group 3. Others call group 4.

Your message can be as simple as "Superintendents have been rejecting
good year-end homeschool assessments without even looking at them.
Please vote in favor of H.B. 1183. It simply requires that three
types of assessments be given consideration. It does not change the
fact that the assessment must show adequate progress."

Please let other homeschool families know that calls are urgently
needed!

Senate Education and Health Committee members:

Group 1
R. Edward Houck (804) 698-7517, Spotsylvania
Richard D. Saslaw (804) 698-7535, Springfield
L. Louise Lucas (804) 698-7518, Portsmouth

Group 2
Stephen R. Martin (804) 698-7511, Chesterfield
Stephen D. Newman (804) 698-7523, Forest
John S. Edwards (804) 698-7521, Roanoke

Group 3
Mary Margaret Whipple (804) 698-7531, Arlington
George L. Barker (804) 698-7539, Alexandria
Ralph S. Northam (804) 698-7506 Norfolk

Group 4
Harry B. Blevins (804) 698-7514, Chesapeake
Janet D. Howell (804) 698-7532, Reston
Mamie Locke (804) 698-7502, Hampton
John C. Miller (804) 698-7501, Newport News

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.

H.B. 1183 would guarantee that local superintendents consider three
types of assessments:

1. A letter from a person licensed to teach in any state, or a person
with a master's degree in an academic field;

2. A portfolio containing a sample of the child's work from each
quarter in math and language arts; and

3. A report card or transcript from a college, community college, or
college distance learning program, or home education correspondence
school.

H.B 1183 does not change the standard. Each of the above type of
assessment would still need to show that the child made adequate
progress. H.B. 1183 simply assures families that their assessments
will not be rejected without being given fair consideration.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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