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HEADS UP: VIRGINIA

Filed at 5:06 am under by dcobranchi

Some good news for a change.

Legislation to more easily allow parents with high school diplomas to home school their children won approval of the Virginia Senate on Monday and is headed to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s desk.

The Senate voted 27-13 for the measure sponsored by Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle County. The House of Delegates also voted 61-37 Monday to pass Sen. Phillip P. Puckett’s bill to set the same educational threshold for home-schooling parents.

Anyone know if Kaine is likely to sign it?

3 Responses to “HEADS UP: VIRGINIA”


Comment by
NicksMama
February 21st, 2006
at 6:53 am

Under current state law, provisions exist for home schooling by parents with high school diplomas instead of college degrees, “but they have to use things like a mail-order curriculum,” Bell said.

Huh?

I haven’t read the actual bill, but I file under Option 4 (No college degree) and I don’t use any “mail-order” curriculum. I just describe my electic curriculum and send in the results of my child’s CAT every August.

Some state just have you send it a letter stating that you will be home educating — I wish someone would propose that!


Comment by
COD
February 21st, 2006
at 8:03 am

Warner vetoed the same bill last year, and Kaine ran as Warner II, altough I suspect is more of a traditional democrat than Warner is. I would guess he will not sign it.


Comment by
Richard Rybarczyk
February 22nd, 2006
at 11:55 am

It’s a little more complicated than Chris stated. Virginia has a weird veto rule. Warner vetoed it but sent it back to the legislature stating the he would sign it if the prospective home-educator could pass a test teachers were expected to pass. The legislature sent it back without said changes, then Warner gave it the thumbs down.

For Virginia homeschoolers, this bill will be the litmus test for Kaine.