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2/24/2012 11:09:53 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia: Crucial Date for Sports Bill Coming

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Crucial Date for Sports Bill Coming

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

HSLDA is neutral on HB 947, the bill that has received national
attention that would give public schools the authority to allow
homeschool students to try out for their teams.

In our effort to keep our members informed and up to date, however, we
list an important action deadline below, as well as some important
points which have sometimes been overlooked in discussions.

1. The bill does not require any public school to let a homeschooler
try out for a team. It simply gives public schools the option to allow
it.

2. The bill would require a homeschool student to show adequate
academic progress for 2 years prior to trying out. No other state in
the country has such a stringent provision.

3. You may hear it said that homeschoolers don't live up to the "high
standards" that public school students must meet. But the academic
requirement that the Virginia High School League (VHSL) imposes on a
student athlete is only a D minus in all four or five of his subjects.

4. A public school can impose its own higher academic standards on
public school students. A public school would be allowed to impose the
exact same higher standards on home school athletes. Only the VHSL
itself would be disallowed from imposing additional academic
requirements.

5. This bill does not provide for sports access to students under
religious exemption.

6. The bill's provisions automatically expire in 5 years, allowing for
a "trial period."

7. At least 18 states currently give homeschoolers a right to try out
for sports. No state that has granted access has ever repealed it.

8. The bill would give public schools the option of opening up other
interscholastic events (debate, forensics, drama--all events regulated
by VHSL) to homeschoolers.

9. The bill has passed the House of Delegates and is expected to
receive a hearing in the Public Education Subcommittee on February 27,
and in the full Senate Education and Health Committee on March 1.
Those who wish to call in support or opposition should do so before
March 1, especially if your own state senator is on the committee. It
expected that the votes will be extremely close.

10. The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers is actively supporting
the bill. HSLDA and Home Educators Association of Virginia are
neutral, but continue to provide information to their respective
members.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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