Originally Sent: 3/10/2015

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Action Needed: Homeschool Legislation Needs Your Immediate Attention!

Homeschooling in West Virginia.

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HSLDA staff attorney Mike Donnelly helps protect homeschool freedom in your community.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We have an unprecedented opportunity to make West Virginia a homeschool-friendly state that respects the rights and duties of parents and removes unnecessary, burdensome and unfair regulations. Please read this report below and take action as requested!

First, I want to report that last night the Senate Committee on Education passed an unfriendly amendment to HB 2793, our homeschool modernization bill. Democrat Senator Stollings added language to the bill to require homeschoolers report annually to the local public school superintendent.

This senator (supported by two statist Republican senators, Takubo and Trump) seems to think that “society” needs to check up on homeschooling parents to make sure that “we” are properly educating “society’s” children.

“Society’s” children, senator? The last I checked, children were born to parents, not the government. Stollings apparently misses the irony of demanding that homeschooling parents be required to report to a state education system that is ranked 47th in our entire country.

I will have more to say about this and will be asking for your help soon to pass a “clean” homeschool bill. But today we need to work on House Bill 2674 which passed the House by an overwhelming majority and is on the agenda for the Senate Finance Committee for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11.

HB 2674 would remove the unnecessary and burdensome requirement for homeschooled graduates to take a GED to qualify for the West Virginia Promise Scholarship.

Action Requested

If you are able, please come to the hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday March 11, 2015. The hearing is in Senate Room 451, and we will update you when the time is determined. Please contact as many senators on the list as you can and give them the following message in your own words.

Subject Line: Pass HB 2674

“I am calling to ask you to support HB 2674. This bill would make sure that all West Virginia students are treated equally for scholarship eligibility purposes. Homeschooled graduates are not dropouts and should not be treated that way. Homeschooled seniors already take a test to comply with the homeschool law and for college entrance. The GED is an unnecessary and unduly burdensome requirement. It is also unfair. All students in West Virginia should have equal access and be held to the same eligibility requirements as any other student. Federal law treats homeschooled graduates as equal without a GED and so should West Virginia law. Under federal law homeschooling parents self-certify graduation of their homeschooled child for military enlistment as well as to qualify for federal financial aid. Please move this bill forward and please vote in favor of HB 2674.”

You can contact members of the Senate Finance Committee using the following information:

Chris Walters (R - Putnam, 08)
(304) 357-7866 chris.walters@wvsenate.gov

Dave Sypolt (R - Preston, 14)
(304) 357-7914 dave.sypolt@wvsenate.gov

Craig Blair (R - Berkeley, 15)
(304) 357-7867 craig@craigblair.com

Greg Boso (R - Nicholas, 11)
(304) 357-7973 greg.boso@wvsenate.gov

Mitch Carmichael (R - Jackson, 04)
(304) 357-7855 Mitch.Carmichael@wvsenate.gov

Jeff Mullins (R - Raleigh, 09)
(304) 357-7831 jeff.mullins@wvsenate.gov

Tom Takubo (R - Kanawha, 17)
(304) 357-7990 drtomtakubo@gmail.com

Roman Prezioso (D - Marion, 13)
(304) 357-7961 roman.prezioso@wvsenate.gov

Ron Stollings (D - Boone, 07)
(304) 357-7939 ron.stollings@frontier.com

John R. Unger II (D - Berkeley, 16)
(304) 357-7933 john.unger@wvsenate.gov

Jack Yost (D - Brooke, 01)
(304) 357-7984 jack.yost@wvsenate.gov

Douglas E. Facemire (D - Braxton, 12)
(304) 357-7845 douglas.facemire@wvsenate.gov

Jeffrey V. Kessler (D - Marshall, 02)
(304) 357-7902 jeff.kessler@wvsenate.gov

William R. Laird IV (D - Fayette, 10)
(304) 357-7849 william.laird@wvsenate.gov

Robert H. Plymale (D - Wayne, 05)
(304) 357-7937 robert.plymale@wvsenate.gov

Thank you for fighting for equality for homeschoolers in West Virginia!

Montani Semper Liberi!

Mike Donnelly

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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