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11/8/2010 3:13:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Restore Freedom at Nov. 11 School Board Meeting

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Virginia--Restore Freedom at Nov. 11 School Board Meeting

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On July 8, the Warren County School Board adopted an unreasonable
policy demanding that no religious exemption be acknowledged unless it
is submitted on the school board's own form. But at the November 11
meeting, the board will discuss dropping this unreasonable demand and
allowing families to submit either the school board's form or their
own letter.

A formal draft has been submitted to the board that gives families the
option of using the form or their own letter.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please attend the board meeting on November 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the
Warren County Government Center and support the draft. Come and speak
in support during the public input time, or just come and applaud
those who speak, so the board knows this is an important issue for the
community.

BACKGROUND

In the run-up to the board's July 8 meeting, a decent (if not
excellent) religious exemption policy was in circulation. We expected
a simple yes-or-no vote.

Disappointingly, the board changed the policy right before the final
vote--without giving any opportunity for public input.

The adopted regulation, which is on the books today, demands that
families submit the school system's own notarized religious exemption
form. Virginia law does not authorize school boards to demand the use
of a particular form, however. Furthermore, when any form is mandated,
it creates the opportunity for bureaucrats to exert inappropriate
control over citizens.

Shocked by the board's insensitive decision to make changes without
public input, and the unreasonable elevation of form over substance,
homeschool leaders continued to work for change.

As a result of these efforts, a draft policy will be presented for
first reading at the November 11 meeting that treats religious
convictions with more dignity by giving families the option to submit
EITHER the school board's notarized religious exemption form OR a
notarized letter of their own. This is a significant improvement, and
it deserves your support.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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