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Let Freedom Ring—Governor Signs Homeschool Modernization Bill

Homeschooling in West Virginia.

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HSLDA staff attorney Mike Donnelly helps protect homeschool freedom in your community.
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Today Governor Tomblin signed the Homeschool Modernization Law (House Bill 4175). This bill passed both houses of the legislature with overwhelming support and today governor signed it into law. 

The law becomes effective May 23, well in advance of the June 30 date for submitting homeschool assessments to the local school district. Therefore, with the changes made to the law, homeschool families will only need to submit academic assessments for those students who are in 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 11th grades. Note that any standardized testing administered before May 23 will still need to be administered by someone other than the parent.

We encourage you to take a moment to send a thank you to the Governor as well as to our lead sponsors of the legislation Delegate Brian Kurcaba and Senator Robert Karnes.  Both of these legislators have worked very hard over the past 2 years to move this legislation forward.  We also wish to thank John Carey, CHEWV's legislative liaison as well as the board of CHEWV and also support from WVHEA.  Enacting legislation of this magnitude is a significant undertaking that required the input of many people and HSLDA is pleased to have supported this important project.

HSLDA will send out a future email with more detail about how the new law will affect your homeschool.

Thank you for your diligent action throughout this legislative process. Together we will continue fighting to improve homeschool freedom in West Virginia.

Montani Semper Liberi!

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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