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April 7, 2010

Triennial Census Is Down for the Count

Every three years Virginia homeschool families have endured the ritual of a census taker knocking on their door and asking for information about their school-age children. This intrusion into each family’s privacy has never been pleasant, and has sometimes caused considerable anxiety and confusion.

HSLDA has routinely advised families that they are entirely within their rights to refuse to give information to school census takers. But persistent census takers have sometimes annoyingly returned again and again to collect information.

Several bills were filed during the current legislative session to abolish this needlessly expensive procedure for determining how tax revenues would be distributed to public schools. As of April 7, House Bill 669 had passed both houses of the legislature and will soon go to the governor’s desk for his signature.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff has written a letter to Governor Bob McDonnell urging him to sign the bill. The massive, statewide triennial inconvenience should soon be history. You can count on it.