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3/4/2008 4:17:52 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia: School Census Not Obligatory

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Virginia: School Census Not Obligatory

Dear Virginia HSLDA Members and Friends,

Many of you may have already been contacted about completing the
Virginia Triennial School Census.

HSLDA would like our members to be aware that you are not required to
participate in this voluntary school census. If you complete the
census survey, the local public schools will receive additional
funding.

The purpose of this census is to gather data on the number of children
in each school district subject to the compulsory school attendance
law. The schools receive funding from state sales tax proceeds based
on how many school-aged children are identified within their district.

Although the basic purpose is to count school-aged children in your
home, the census asks many other questions. Some questions may seek
to gather statistics "related to the interests of education." These
questions have no connection with funding distribution and many
families consider them intrusive.

The school board is obligated to offer this census to you. The law
does not, however, mandate that you complete it. Members who do not
want to participate should simply tell the census worker "We decline
to participate in the voluntary school census. Thank you very much."

Please call us if the census workers refuse to recognize a family's
right not to participate.

Sincerely yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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