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March 7, 2006

Source of Loudoun County's Error Discovered

Home School Legal Defense Association has discovered the source of Loudoun County's error in asking homeschoolers for more information than required under Virginia law.

We addressed the issue in the March 2 article, "Loudoun County Apologizes for Error."

After helpful conversations with Brenda Blue, the Loudoun County Pupil Services Coordinator, and a representative of the Virginia Department of Education, we uncovered an erroneous state publication advising local school officials that homeschool families must contact their local school district in advance if they wish to use an assessment other than the test the public school offers.

The Department's representative acknowledged that the publication was wrong. In fact, the publication contradicted State Superintendent's Memo No. 105, June 6, 1984, which correctly explains that any standardized test can be used.

The Legislature recently made many favorable changes in the homeschool law. HSLDA will be working with the Department to revise their publications. The erroneous publication will be obsolete when the new laws take effect July 1.