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1/25/2012 11:33:43 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Urgent: Call Today, Attend Hearings Tomorrow to Fix Curriculum Description

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Virginia--Urgent: Call Today, Attend Hearings
Tomorrow to Fix Curriculum Description

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your help is needed urgently to support two bills that will fix
longstanding problems with the "curriculum description" requirement
for home instruction.

Families in many counties have struggled for years, and even been
threatened with truancy, when their local school systems have demanded
detailed information about the content of their instruction--although
the statute only calls for a broad curriculum description. More
fortunate families in some counties have been allowed to submit a
simple list of subjects.

HB 1208, and the companion bill, SB 564, will correct this problem by
inserting a common sense explanation of what "curriculum description"
means: a simple list of subjects. These bills will dramatically
reduce conflicts and put an end to the unreasonable demands and
threats of school systems.

Both bills are scheduled for a hearing early tomorrow morning!

ACTION REQUESTED

1. As soon as you open this email, please call your senator and
delegate, if they are listed below, and ask them to support the bills.
Use this link to find out who your senator and delegate are:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13520

2. Your message to your delegate can be as simple as: "Please vote YES
on HB 1208. It will bring consistency and common sense to the home
instruction curriculum description requirement."

3. Your message to your senator can be as simple as: "Please vote YES
on SB 564. It will bring consistency and common sense to the home
instruction curriculum description requirement."

4. Please consider attending one or both hearings tomorrow, January
26. If you can attend only one, please attend the Senate hearing. The
Senate hearing will be at 8:30 a.m. in Senate Room B in the General
Assembly Building, first floor, in Richmond (full Senate Education and
Health Committee). The hearing on the House bill will take place at
7:30 a.m. in Room 5 East, fifth floor, in the General Assembly
Building in Richmond (Subcommittee on Students and Early Education).

5. While the hearings start at 7:30 and 8:30, respectively, we don't
know for sure when each bill will be heard. Be prepared to wait
awhile. (The sports access bill, HB 947, will be heard in the same
time slot as the curriculum description bill in the House hearing.)

6. The street address for the General Assembly Building is 201 North
9th St., Richmond, VA, 23219. Public parking is available in several
locations, but allow some extra time.

CONTACT INFORMATION--Senate Committee

Senator Stephen H. Martin, Chair
(804) 698-7511

Senator Richard L. Saslaw
(804) 698-7535

Senator L. Louise Lucas
(804) 698-7518

Senator Janet D. Howell
(804) 698-7532

Senator Stephen D. Newman
(804) 698-7523

Senator Harry B. Blevins
(804) 698-7514

Senator Mamie E. Locke
(804) 698-7502

Senator George L. Barker
(804) 698-7539

Senator Ralph S. Northam
(804) 698-7506

Senator John C. Miller
(804) 698-7501

Senator Ralph K. Smith
(804) 698-7519

Senator Jeffrey L. McWaters
(804) 698-7508

Senator Richard H. Black
(804) 698-7513

Senator Charles W. Carrico, Sr.
(804) 698-7540

CONTACT INFORMATION--House Subcommittee

Delegate Richard P. Bell, Chairman
(804) 698-1020

Delegate R. Steven Landes
(804) 698-1025

Delegate Christopher P. Stolle
(804) 698-1083

Delegate Roxann L. Robinson
(804) 698-1027

Delegate Joseph R. Yost
(804) 698-1012

Delegate Kenneth C. Alexander
(804) 698-1089

Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey
(804) 698-1074

Delegate Mark L. Keam
(804) 698-1035

BACKGROUND

The word "curriculum" is vague. The word "description" is vague. Put
them both together, and it's hopelessly vague! But that has not
stopped some school systems from fiercely threatening truancy if
families don't submit pages of curriculum information. Other school
systems, consistent with HSLDA's guidance, ask for only a few lines.

The Virginia Department of Education, possibly confused by the
vagueness of the current law, has published inconsistent guidance for
local school systems. This has encouraged a crazy-quilt of uneven
application across the state.

Sen. Dick Black is the sponsor of the Senate bill. Del. Brenda Pogge
is the sponsor of the companion bill in the House. Home Educators
Association of Virginia asked the sponsors to bring the bills, and
HSLDA is fully supportive. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff will be
present tomorrow morning to testify.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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