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3/24/2010 4:02:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia -- Call to Stop Warren County from Abolishing Religious Exemption

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Virginia -- Call to Stop Warren County
from Abolishing Religious Exemption

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Without ever bothering to communicate with the people who would be
affected, the Warren County School Board just adopted a bogus policy
that would virtually abolish the religious exemption used by many
homeschool families.

Contrary to established judicial precedent and Virginia statutes, the
new policy prohibits anyone from getting an exemption if attending a
private school or homeschool would be sufficient to protect their
religious convictions. As a practical matter, this means no one will
get a religious exemption in Warren County.

And to add insult to injury, the policy says the school board's
decision whether to grant an exemption will be influenced by these
factors -- none of which is allowed under state law:

1.) How the parents' religious beliefs compare to those of their
church;
2.) Whether the parents' religious beliefs might change in the future;
and
3.) Whether the parents' religious belief is "merely a social response
to changing times."

The last two factors above show such transparent hostility toward
faith that one must wonder if this school board could ever objectively
rule on a religious exemption.

Even if you do not use the religious exemption now, one day you might
want to. But if this policy stands, your chances of getting an
exemption are approximately zero.

Because of this shocking development, anyone considering applying for
a religious exemption should promptly get legal advice. HSLDA will
provide legal representation for any member family seeking the
exemption, at no cost to the member.

Silence is no longer an option. Even if you are not under the
religious exemption, this is your fight. Homeschoolers must oppose
this unlawful policy with one united voice.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call all the members of the school board immediately:

1.) Ask them to suspend enforcement of the policy at once.
2.) Ask them to create a task force including homeschool parents to
create a consensus policy.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

Catherine R. Bower
405 Overlook Dr.
Front Royal, Va. 22630
(H) 540-636-6943
cbower@wcps.k12.va.us

Boyles, Roy K. (Chairman)
629 Villa Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630
(H) 540-635-1357
rboyles@wcps.k12.va.us

Athey, Kimberly M.
112 North Easterly Street
Front Royal, VA 22630
(H) 540-635-1737
kathey@wcps.k12.va.us

Wells, James S.
215 Henrico Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
(H) 540-635-6223
jwells@wcps.k12.va.us

Cherefko, Joanne F. (Vice Chairman)
779 Browntown Road,
Browntown, VA 22610
(H) 540-622-6304
jcherefko@wcps.k12.va.us

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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