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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 Director The 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 Director Virginia’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 Director VaHomeschoolers 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 Director The 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 passed ...
- 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 also ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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.
- Yesterday at the General Assembly Sports Access Bill Dies Results of Other Bills The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers was proudly represented yesterday by not only its lobbyist, Scott Price, but by many articulate homeschooled students who spoke in support of HB 63. In spite of their heartfelt and intelligent testimony, the Senate Education and Health Committee still voted 9 to 6 to pass by indefinitely the bill, which means ...
- Sports Access Bill (HB 63) Set to be Heard Thursday, 2/20 at 8:30a.m. Delegate Rob Bell’s (R-Albemarle) bill HB63, known as the Tebow Bill, is scheduled to be heard before the full Senate Education and Health Committee this Thursday, February 20 on the first floor, Senate Room B of the General Assembly Building, at 910 Capitol Street in Richmond at 8:30 a.m. Show Your Support!If you believe homeschoolers should have the right ...
- Great Week for Homeschoolers at the General Assembly Last week the two bills in the General Assembly that had the greatest potential to affect homeschooling both saw success. And a bill of concern was amended to make it innocuous to homeschoolers. VaHomeschoolers was happy to see our monitoring and lobbying efforts bring positive results. HJ 92 – Religious Exemption Study Killed in Committee Del. Tom Rust’s bill, HJ ...
- Hearing Scheduled for HB 63 on Wednesday, 1/22 Delegate Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) has informed us that his bill, HB 63 (public school sports access for homeschoolers), is scheduled for a subcommittee hearing this Wednesday, January 22 on the first floor, House Room D of the General Assembly Building, at 910 Capitol Street in Richmond. This subcommittee meets upon adjournment of the full House Education Committee, which commences at 8:30 a.m. We have ...
- Sports Access Proposed Again; Religious Exemption Threatened The Virginia General Assembly opened its 2014 session this past Wednesday, January 8 and it has already produced many bills of interest to homeschoolers; some very positive, others concerning and one that is an outright threat. As a result of these various bills and accompanying explanation, this will probably be the longest legislative announcement VaHomeschoolers has ever written ...
- Bigger than Campaign Promises: Homeschooling, Tax Credits, and Politics in Virginia The 2013 Virginia Governor’s race sets the agenda for this discussion because a gubernatorial candidate has aligned himself with HSLDA and a candidate for lieutenant governor has taken a pro-tax credit view painted as having universal support by homeschoolers in Virginia, which it does not. However, it’s also a timely reminder that VaHomeschoolers needs to ...
- Legislative Update – February 14, 2013 Homeschool Sports Access: HB 1442 Senate Committee Hearing Results
- Legislative Update – February 8, 2013 HB 1442 Senate Committee Hearing: Thursday, 2/14 at 8 a.m.; Home Education Month; Parental Rights; Various Education Bills
- Legislative Update: February 1, 2013 Sports Access Bill Succeeds on House Floor
- Legislative Update: January 30, 2013 Sports Access Update: House Success, Senate Hearing Expected
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Update: January 25, 2013 Time Change: House Education Committee Hearing on Monday, 1/28 at 8:30 a.m.
- Legislative Update: January 24, 2013 House Subcommittee Approves HB 1442. SB 812 “Passed by” for the Day. Next Hearing Expected Monday, 1/28 at 9a.m.
- Press Release: House Subcommittee Agrees With Over Two-Thirds of Virginians: Let Homeschoolers Play! With homeschooling families looking on, a subcommittee of the House of Delegates’ Education Committee voted 7 to 1 this morning in favor of sending HB 1442 to the full committee for consideration.
- Legislative Report – January 23, 2013 URGENT! Hearing Scheduled for SB 812 TOMORROW AT 8 A.M.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 17, 2013 Hearing Scheduled for HB 1442 on Thursday, 1/24
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 15, 2013 2013 General Assembly: Quick Action Expected on Sports Access Bills, Virtual Schools Bill
- Press Release: Homeschool Sports Access in Virginia: 2013 “Tebow” Bills Would Give School Boards Control: HB 1442 and SB 812 This year’s homeschool sports access bills specifically state that homeschool eligibility is subject to the policy of each local school board – there would be no mandate on public schools.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 10, 2013 Help Pass the 2013 Sports Access Bills with YOUR Story
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – October 3, 2012 Sports Access Discussion Group Update
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – September 14, 2012 Sports Access Discussion Group update plus VaHomeschoolers response to the release of UVA law professor’s article on Religious Exemption
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – August 14, 2012 Homeschool Sports Access: Our Work in the “Off-Season”
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – July 6, 2012 Discussion Group on Homeschool Sports Access
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – March 1, 2012 Senate Committee Votes Down Homeschool Sports Access Bill
- Press Release: Senate Committee Votes Down Homeschool Sports Access Bill Press Release: Senate Committee Votes Down Homeschool Sports Access Bill
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – February 28, 2012 HB 947 at Risk in the Senate!
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – February 20, 2012 Please Take Action Now to Support HB 947 in the Senate! Curriculum Description Bill Progress Continues; Update on Homeschool Tax Credit Bill.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – February 8, 2012 Success Builds for Sports Access and Curriculum Description Bills; VaHomeschoolers Meeting with Virginia PTA President-elect.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – February 6, 2012 Fate of Homeschool Sports Access Bill in Question – Please Contact Your Delegate!
- Press Release: House Education Committee Approves Homeschool Sports Access Bill Press Release: House Education Committee Approves Homeschool Sports Access Bill.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 30, 2012 Critical Point Fast Approaching for HB 947, Homeschool Sports Access Bill.
- Reasons to Support HB 947: Homeschool Sports Access Homeschool Sports Access
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 27, 2012 Sports Access Hearing Rescheduled.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 26, 2012 House Subcommittee Passes Sports Access and Curriculum Description Bills; Senate Curriculum Description Bill to Be Considered Next Week.
- Press Release: Sports Access Bill Passes Subcommittee Press Release: Sports Access Bill Passes Subcommittee
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 24, 2012 Your Help Needed – Sports Access Bills.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 16, 2012 New General Assembly Session Begins – Sports (and more) Access, Homeschool Expenses Tax Credit, Curriculum Description Bills Expected, Driver Licensing, Homestead Exemption for Homeschooling Materials
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report: December 16, 2011 VaHomeschoolers Invited to Meet with Governor’s Policy Advisors.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – November 22, 2011 Sports Access Subcommittee Votes to “Pass By Indefinitely” HB 2395
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report: October 20, 2011 VaHomeschoolers Meeting With Virginia Department of Education.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report: October 5, 2011 Sports Access Options Discussed by Special Subcommittee.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report: September 15, 2011 Homeschool Access to Public School Sports: Getting Closer to the Finish Line.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report: January 24, 2011 Sports Access Bill Referred to Joint Subcommittee for Further Review
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report: January 21, 2011 New General Assembly Session Begins – Sports Access, Driver Education, Virtual Schools, Tax Credits.
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – February 10, 2010 Sports Access Bills: Lose a Battle, Win the War?, Latest on Immunizations and Vaccination Bills, Triennial Census Elimination Bills Still Alive
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – February 6, 2010 Prince William County Issues Update
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 26, 2010 General Assembly 2010, Three Sports Access Bills in House of Delegates, Immunizations and Vaccinations, Tax Credits and Vouchers, Elimination of Triennial Census, Community College Match Funds, Resolution Honoring Chris Klicka
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – November 2, 2009 H1N1 Vaccination Options for Homeschooled Children
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report: October 24, 2009 Community College Homeschool Admissions
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – February 9, 2009 College Financial Aid Bill Introduced in Senate, Community College Match Funds, Driver Education Bill Tabled in Committee, Virtual Virginia Credits
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 13, 2008 Legislation to Amend Home Instruction Statute Adds Filing Options, Bill Adds Testing/Evaluation Options to Home Instruction Statute, Educational Tax Credit Bills Introduced in House, Sports Access Bill, Truancy Bill Could Impact Homeschooling Freedoms
- VaHomeschoolers Legislative Report – January 19, 2005 VaHomeschoolers’ PSAT/AP Testing Notification and Testing and Evaluation Bills