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5/20/2010 3:58:59 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Caution: Public School at Home Programs to Recruit Homeschoolers

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Virginia--Caution: Public School at
Home Programs to Recruit Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A homeschool mom you know and respect could soon give you a heartfelt
invitation to turn your homeschooled child into a public school child.

The governor's recent signature on SB 738, giving state approval for
"virtual school programs," guarantees that public-school-at-home
programs, under various names in different places, will soon ramp up
their efforts to recruit homeschoolers.

Participation in these programs--full time or part time-- will
immediately turn your child into a public school student. Newly
enacted Virginia Code sec. 22.1-212.27.A says, "Any student enrolled
in any online course or virtual program offered by a local school
division shall be enrolled in a public school..."

This means your child will be required to take the Virginia SOL tests.
It means the program's teachers cannot teach your child about God. It
means that the free books they require you to use must not teach about
God.

You will be told that the curriculum is wonderful. But pause to think
a moment: they are offering the exact same curriculum to thousands of
students. One curriculum can't possibly be best for all of them!

Of course, they will tell you that you can "supplement." But the
demands of the mandatory curriculum may swallow up the time and energy
of many a well-intentioned parent who told himself he would
supplement.

In other states, public-school-at-home programs have hired recruiters
who are well known local homeschool moms. The person who soon tries to
talk you into giving up your freedom and joining one of these programs
may actually be your best friend.

HSLDA membership is not available with respect to a child in a
public-school-at-home program.

Homeschool students across the country are achieving outstanding
academic results partly because their parents can educate them without
public school restrictions and red tape. Your freedom to pick the
right curriculum--and change it as necessary--is a key in helping your
child do his best. Homeschool parents personally keep educational
responsibility--rather than delegating it to a public school
program--and the kids are the winners.

And if you want your child to grow up understanding the truth about
God, one of the very best things you can do is make sure that your
curriculum teaches your child the same truths that you are teaching.


Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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