Originally Sent: 2/7/2014

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Attend Board Meeting to Protect Religious Freedom in Pittsylvania County

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Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you for your tremendous response to our last e-lert!

School Board members now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they cannot change something as important as the religious exemption policy without a great deal of public scrutiny.

But our job is not done. The official agenda for the school board meeting this Tuesday, February 11, lists “exemptions from attendance” (meaning the religious exemption) as an item of unfinished business.

Just how will they finish this “unfinished” item of business?

Action Requested

We need a huge crowd at the school board meeting this Tuesday to demonstrate to the school board that we are paying attention to what they are doing. Whatever they do on Tuesday will be in full view of the families of Pittsylvania County!

If you live in Pittsylvania County, and regardless of whether you homeschool under the notice of intent or the religious exemption, please attend the school board meeting Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at 39 Bank Street, Chatham (the school board administrative office).


Thomas Jefferson spoke of a “wall of separation” between government and religion. The courts use this “wall” to keep religion out of public schools. But the most important function of the “wall” is actually protective: to keep the government out of religious education.

Virginia’s religious exemption statute is how we give feet to the idea that the “wall” prevents government from placing mandates on religious homeschools and religious private schools.

When school boards hint that they are going to change how they administer the exemption, citizens need to act firmly to make sure the purpose of the exemption is firmly upheld.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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