Originally Sent: 3/10/2015

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Calls needed: Tell Senator Romano to Pass HB 2793 Without Amendment

Homeschooling in West Virginia.

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

March 10, 2015

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends in Senator Romano’s district:

We need you to contact your senator, Mr. Mike Romano, who vocally supported Republican Senator Tom Takubo’s amendment to HB 2793 that would require homeschooling parents to have a high school diploma. He also supported Democratic Senator Ron Stollings’ amendment to require continued notification to the local public school superintendent.

Senator Romano appears to miss the irony of requiring homeschool parents who have demonstrated that they produce well-educated children be supervised by an education system that ranks 47th in the country. We need you to contact the senator and request he support HB 2793 without amendment.

Only nine states, including West Virginia, require that a parent have a high school diploma in order to homeschool. Research shows there is no correlation between parents’ academic credentials and their children’s academic success. A requirement of a high school diploma prevents homeschooled graduates from homeschooling their own children and prevents others, such as the Amish, who stop formal schooling at 14, from homeschooling in West Virginia.

HSLDA believes that annual reporting is unnecessary. Thirty-seven states do not require homeschoolers to provide assessments to school authorities. We believe that West Virginia homeschoolers are worthy of being treated with at least the same respect as those in these other states.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in J.R. v. Parham that fit parents are deemed to act in the best interests of their children. If you agree with us, we need you to contact Senator Romano immediately and urge him to support HB 2793 without amendment.

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For HB 2793 please give Senator Romano the following message in your own words. Consider sharing your own positive experiences with home education.

Subject line: Pass 2793 Without Amendment

Dear Senator Romano,

As your constituent I am writing to ask you to support HB 2793 without amendment. Forty-one states do not require homeschooled parents to have a high school diploma and 37 states do not require homeschoolers to report to public school authorities. West Virginia homeschoolers deserve to be treated with at least this level of respect, especially given the research that demonstrates homeschooling produces excellent academic outcomes. Further, requiring homeschooling parents to have a diploma prevents homeschooled graduates and others, such as the Amish, from homeschooling their children. Research also shows no correlation between a parent’s academic credentials and their children’s academic success. Only nine states, including West Virginia, have this outdated policy. An annual reporting requirement is also unnecessarily burdensome for parents and superintendents. There are sufficient safeguards in law to protect against educational neglect without annual reporting. Please support HB 2793 without amendment. Thank you for your service to my family.

You can contact Senator Romano at (304) 357-7904 or mike.romano@wvsenate.gov. Please take a moment right now to both call and email your senator!

For additional information on HB 2793, please visit our bill page.

Thank you for fighting to improve homeschooling in West Virginia!

Montani Semper Liberi!

Mike Donnelly
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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