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October 25, 2004

Nottoway County School District Retreats from Unconstitutional Demand

In August, a Nottoway County member family found that they had joined HSLDA just in time.

After the family filed for a religious exemption from compulsory attendance, as allowed under Virginia law, the superintendent told them that unless their pastor said a "church rule" required the family to homeschool, they could not receive the religious exemption.

HSLDA wrote a letter to the superintendent warning her that her demand was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has said in numerous cases that a citizen's religious beliefs must be protected regardless of whether or not a church shares those beliefs.

After the superintendent read HSLDA's letter, she dropped her demand. The school board promptly acknowledged the family's religious exemption.