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2/3/2012 4:32:28 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia: Call By Monday 11:00 a.m. For "Curriculum Description" Fix

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Virginia: Call By Monday 11:00 a.m. For "Curriculum Description" Fix

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Calls are needed promptly to support passage of SB 564, the Senate
bill which will clarify that to satisfy the "description of
curriculum" requirement in their annual notice of intent, families can
submit a simple list of subjects to be studied.

The House of Delegates passed the House version of the bill (HB1208)
by a 77-23 margin yesterday, but the vote could be extremely close in
the Senate.

ACTION REQUESTED

Contact your Virginia state senator before Monday at 11:00 a.m. and
ask him to vote "yes" on SB 564. To get contact information for your
state senator visit HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13622 and type in your ZIP code.

Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote yes on SB 564. Right now the law is worded so vaguely
that neither school officials nor parents know what is truly required
when families file their annual homeschool notice. This causes
conflicts every year. SB 564 will bring clarity, common sense, and
uniform enforcement."

BACKGROUND

This past fall HSLDA assisted several families who were threatened
with possible court action for truancy--because the local school
district made unreasonable demands using a very inaccurate definition
of "curriculum description." Unfortunately, the current law contains
no definition at all! Conflicts and threats will continue until we
repair the flaw and explain what "curriculum description" actually
means.

Yesterday I testified on behalf of SB 564 before the Senate Health and
Education Committee in Richmond. The only opposing testimony came
from a representative of a superintendents association who said he
opposed the bill because it would make it harder, he claimed, for
superintendents to do their job of looking over what homeschoolers
teach. Of course, superintendents have no such authority!

Representatives of Home Educators Association of Virginia and
Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers also gave important testimony
in support. Bill patron Senator Dick Black reminded the committee
that homeschoolers achieve outstanding results on standardized tests
designed to measure academic strength.

By a vote of 9 in favor and 6 against, the committee voted to send the
bill to the Senate floor. Although many homeschoolers live in
Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Republican Senator Harry Blevins, who
represents residents of that area, voted against the bill. But
showing that homeschool freedom is a bipartisan issue, two Democratic
senators (George Barker and Ralph Northam) joined the other
Republicans and voted in favor of the bill.

If the Senate votes in favor of SB 564, it will go to the governor's
desk for action.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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