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2017 General Assembly Sports Access Vetoed by Governor Again; Other Bills of Interest to Homeschoolers

By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs DirectorThe 2017 General Assembly adjourned on February 25. The VaHomeschoolers legislative monitoring team is now able to inform you of the outcome of most, but not all, of the bills we’ve been tracking. A few bills that passed are now waiting for action by the governor: to sign into […]

Sports Access bill risks another veto; action required this week Allow the bill to pass, Governor!

By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs DirectorVirginia’s General Assembly just passed an interscholastic activities bill for the third year in a row. This bill allows school divisions a local option for homeschooled high school students to have an opportunity to try out for team sports or other competitive activities as arranged by the private organization VHSL (Virginia […]

Federal Bill H.R.610 Statement

By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs DirectorVaHomeschoolers is aware that a federal bill, H.R.610 has been introduced in Congress that seeks “to distribute federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers.” While we focus our legislative efforts primarily on state level issues, we do attend to national level matters when called […]

2017 Sports Access and Other Bills of Homeschooling Interest

By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs DirectorThe VaHomeschoolers legislative monitoring team has been hard at work this month: we search for bills in the General Assembly which may impact homeschoolers, meet with legislators to discuss these bills, and attend hearings. Our goal is to keep you informed. Following are highlights from the list of 20 […]

2016 General Assembly Sports Access Vetoed by Governor

By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs Director The VaHomeschoolers legislative monitoring team is wrapping up its work on the 2016 General Assembly session. A grand total of 3,286 bills were introduced; using a system of search terms relevant to home instruction, our team uncovered 30 bills of interest. Of these 30, six passed completely, three […]

2016 General Assembly Update “Sports Access” Bill Passes the House; Other Bills of Interest to Homeschoolers

By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs Director The Virginia General Assembly opened its yearly session on 13 January 2016, and has 2,640 filed bills to address. Your government affairs team has been hard at work searching for bills which may impact homeschoolers, meeting with legislators to discuss these bills, and attending hearings. Our job is […]

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.

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.

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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