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4/5/2010 5:06:57 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Warren County Report Defends Unlawful School Board Policy

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Virginia--Warren County Report Defends Unlawful School Board Policy

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Warren County Report recently published an article entitled
"School board pulls back from religious exemption policy" in which it
defended the school board's unlawful March 11 religious exemption
policy.

Space is not sufficient to address every error and exaggeration in the
article, but one deserves special attention. A rather long, muddled
sentence on page 7 of the publication concludes, " ... the fact that
the county policy would require an explanation as to why licensed
homeschooling options would not fit a family's religious educational
needs, appears unacceptable."

The March 11 policy is not just "unacceptable" -- it is unlawful. In
Johnson v. Prince William County School Board, the Virginia Supreme
Court ruled that it is unlawful for counties to require religiously
exempted families to prove that neither home instruction under the
standard statute nor private schooling would accommodate their
beliefs. And, of course, homeschoolers are not "licensed."

The school board's March 25 decision to suspend the unlawful policy is
commendable. But a policy that is only "suspended" can still cause
trouble. Further action is needed to make sure it is gone for good.

April 19 will mark the 19th anniversary of the Johnson decision.
Let's hope that at least by that time no one is trying to defend the
unlawful policy.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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