VaHomeschoolers Legislative/Policy Reports

The VaHomeschoolers Legislative/Policy Reports keep you updated on legislative and other governmental matters that could affect your homeschooling. VaHomeschoolers provides full information on pending legislation in the Virginia General Assembly, allowing and encouraging each homeschool family to determine which bills they support or oppose.

Throughout the year, our reports also keep you informed about our Government Affairs team’s ongoing advocacy work with lawmakers, state agencies, and school divisions in Richmond and across the state. Subscribe today!

Visit our Homeschooling Advocacy page to learn more about working for constructive change as a homeschooling advocate in your community.

Legislative Reports

2014

  • 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 ...

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2008

  • 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

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