2015 General Assembly Sports Access Bill Vetoed by Governor; Other Bills of Interest to Homeschoolers

March 27th was a difficult day for many homeschooling families in Virginia as they learned that Governor McAuliffe vetoed HB 1626, the sports access bill that was passed by both the House (57-41) and the Senate (22-13) during General Assembly. Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) has notified leadership and asked for a veto override, something which will occur on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. A veto override requires 2/3 majority of votes in both the House and the Senate. The challenge now is to get an additional six votes by Democratic senators who voted against the bill in February. If you want to improve this bill’s chance of an eleventh hour comeback, be sure to read below for actions you can take.

Historic Day for Virginia: Homeschool Sports Access Passes Senate

Virginia’s sports access bill, HB 1626, also known as the Tebow Bill, passed the Senate yesterday 22-13, with bipartisan support. In the six years that Del Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) has submitted a homeschool sports access bill, this is the first time that any version has cleared the Senate or even the Senate Education and Health committee.

HB 1626H1 Sports Access Bill: House Votes Today; Other Bills of Interest to Homeschoolers

The Virginia General Assembly opened its yearly session on 14 January 2015. Since each odd-numbered year hosts a short session of 45 days, the action kicked off right at the starting gate and has been keeping a fast pace ever since. Your government affairs team has been hard at work to find bills that may […]

HB 1626: House Committee to Vote on Sports Access Bill Monday 1/26

VaHomeschoolers has just learned that the Sports Access bill (also known as the “Tebow bill”) has been scheduled to go up for a vote by the full House Education Committee this coming Monday morning in Richmond.

Government Affairs News Release: Goochland RE Policy Repealed

The Goochland school board held a four-hour meeting on Tuesday, January 13th to accommodate all the people who wanted to speak about a policy that had potential to impact families who homeschool under the religious exemption (RE). 22.1-254 The result of this meeting was a school board decision to repeal a policy change enacted in 2013, known as Policy LBE.

Norfolk Screening of Class Dismissed on January 14th Cancelled

The VaHomeschoolers screening in Norfolk of Class Dismissed has been cancelled for tonight, January 14th as a result of unforeseen circumstances. We are in the process of finding a new date. However, the movie will be screened tomorrow night (icy roads in rural, central VA willing) in Chesapeake.

Government Affairs Update, October 2014

VaHomeschoolers met with Gov. McAuliffe’s Deputy Legislative Director to discuss homeschooling, sports access and religious exemption issues. The Legislative Monitoring Team is welcoming new members. The new Hampton City Public Schools required NOI form is currently unresolved though they made some changes to the form.

Call for 2015 BOD Candidates

The Board of Directors of the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers would like to invite you to consider joining us. Everything VaHomeschoolers provides — our website, toll-free helpline, annual conference, regional events, legislative action and more — is accomplished through the guidance and administration of the Board of Directors. This is your personal invitation to join VaHomeschoolers Board of Directors, where we would love to add your voice and your talents. Please consider becoming a candidate for one of our open Board positions.

School Division NOI Policy Changes

VaHomeschoolers has been made aware of at least two school divisions who have recently changed their policies regarding the filing of the Notice of Intent (NOI) required of families homeschooling under the home instruction statute. Some of the new requirements are exceeding what is required by law.

Changes in Standardized Testing Options for 2014

VaHomeschoolers has recently been fielding a large number of questions about changes to certain standardized tests Virginia homeschoolers use to provide their annual evidence of progress and would like to provide further information to help clear up some of the confusion. There has been great confusion over the test changes made in 2014. Much of this […]


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