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Critical Action on HB 2793: Contact Your Senator!
March 11, 2015
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
HB 2793, the Homeschool Modernization Law, is at a crucial moment in the Senate! We need every homeschooling family to email and call your senator and ask him to vote for HB 2793 on Third Reading in the Senate. This vote will take place tomorrow, March 12. If possible come be present in the Senate gallery for the third reading. This bill passed the House unanimously, with all Republicans and Democrats voting in favor of it.
Although HSLDA opposes the current language that requires homeschooling families to continue to be regulated and overseen by county superintendents every year, we believe that this issue could be addressed in a conference committee. Unfortunately, opponents of the bill, even as amended, complain that because a few children might “fall through the cracks,” they want every homeschooling family to be overseen by a state education system that ranks 47th in the country. What they really mean is that they don’t trust parents to make good decisions about educating their children.
But annual reporting simply does not practically address the “problem” opponents are trying to solve. So opponents are requiring every homeschool family to submit because of the risk that a small few will abuse their privilege. This places an unnecessary administrative burden on families and also superintendents who have to maintain all the paperwork just because of the "concern" that a few people won't do well. This assumes that parents are essentially guilty of neglect until they prove otherwise. This is not how a free country operates.
Parents have the fundamental right to direct the education of their children. Government should only interfere if it is necessary—and annual reporting is not necessary. The experience of 37 other states in the country shows that homeschooling families need not report assessments to government authorities. West Virginia homeschoolers deserve to be treated with the same respect accorded others.
HB 2793 as originally written and passed unanimously by the House requires that parents assure they will teach their children and assess them regularly. In a free society, citizens can and should be trusted to follow the law. A few neglectful families do not justify imposing a significant burden on the many thousands of families who represent the average homeschooling family.
Research shows that the average homeschooling family produces exceptional results. And research also shows that there is no correlation between greater regulation and greater academic outcomes or that using homeschooling regulations leads to greater detection of educational neglect. Current laws that provide for reporting of abuse and neglect are adequate to protect children at risk.
We need you to contact your senator immediately and urge support for HB 2793.
We need every homeschooling family in West Virginia to call and email their senator and if possible be present in the Senate gallery tomorrow morning for the third reading.
Please give your senator the following message in your own words.
You can find your senator here.
For additional information on HB 2793, please visit our bill page.
Thank you for fighting to improve homeschooling in West Virginia!
Montani Semper Liberi!
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