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1/24/2012 4:13:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia: Crucial Hearing on Sports Bill Thursday Morning

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Virginia--Crucial Hearing on Sports Bill Thursday Morning

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

HSLDA is neutral on the bills now pending in the Virginia legislature
that would give homeschoolers access to play on public school sports
teams. But Delegate Rob Bell, primary sponsor of the bill getting the
most attention, has asked us to pass this important message on to you:

Dear Friend:

On Thursday at 7:30 a.m., the House Subcommittee on Students and Early
Education will conduct a hearing on my House Bill 947. This is the
bill that would enable homeschoolers to try out for sports at their
local high school. As you know, in many jurisdictions the only
opportunity for big team sports (like football) is through the local
high school. This bill is gathering attention all around the country
(read about it here ). You can
review the text here .

We need your help! The opponents include the Virginia Education
Association and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents,
and we expect them to show up in force. To help balance their
arguments, we need as many homeschoolers to come as can. The
subcommittee will be taking comment from the public, and even if you
don't want to speak, you can raise your hand at the appropriate time
to show your support.

The subcommittee will meet in Room 5 East in the General Assembly
Building. You can get directions to the Capitol and information on
parking here . If you haven't
done so yet, you can also contact your legislator here .

If the bill is defeated in subcommittee, then it will not become law
this year. If we are successful, we will then move on to full
committee. Now that we have Governor McDonnell's support, I believe
this is our best chance ever to pass the measure and provide
additional opportunities for homeschooled kids.

Thank you for your interest in home schooling.

Rob Bell, Delegate, 58th District

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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