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Update: Attend Committee Hearing Today!

Homeschooling in West Virginia.

The Finance Committee meets at 3 p.m.

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

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Today at 3:00 p.m., House Bill 2674, which passed the House by an overwhelming majority, is on the agenda for the Senate Finance Committee, and I will be there. We need you to attend this hearing if at all possible. If you can’t make it, you can listen to the hearing live here.

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 today at 3:00 p.m. The hearing is in Senate Room 451. 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 drop-outs 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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