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9/1/2009 3:47:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Caution: Carroll County Public School at Home Program

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Virginia--Caution: Carroll County Public School at Home Program

Dear HSLDA Members:

Carroll County Public Schools is advertising a public school at home
program in which a child can be taught at home while being enrolled as
a public school student. It is called "Virginia Virtual Academy," and
while Carroll County sponsors it, they are soliciting across the state
for students.

Homeschool families should be aware that participation in this program
turns their children into public school students, with all that
entails. We expect the students will be required to take the SOL
tests.

The public school program will dictate which curriculum must be used,
whether or not it's the best for the child. The curriculum will not be
God-centered. Public schools are prohibited from using books that
help children grow in their faith under current interpretations of the
U.S. Constitution.

Since participation in this program would turn a child into a public
school student, membership in HSLDA is not available with respect to
the student.

Homeschool students across the country are attaining outstanding
academic results partly because their parents can educate them without
all the restrictions and red tape found in public school programs.
Just a few days ago, HSLDA announced that homeschool students scored
an average of 22.5 on the ACT college admission test, compared to 21.1
overall. Dr. Brian Ray's recent comprehensive study of homeschoolers
showed they score more than 30 percentile points above others.

One of the main reasons homeschooling works is because parents are
able to choose a curriculum and education program that specifically
meets the need of each child; therefore the children receive an
individualized education program. Another reason for success is that
parents have taken the ultimate responsibility for their child's
educational program.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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