Skip to comments.New Policy Forces Homeschooled Kids to Justify Their Religious Beliefs (Virginia)
Posted on 01/13/2015 11:13:14 PM PST by Olog-hai
Virginia parents are outraged over a new policy that demands homeschooled children justify their religious beliefs to a school board within 30 days of their 14th birthday.
The controversial rule passed by the Goochland County School Board states, Any student who together with his/her parents seeks an exemption from compulsory attendance due to their bona fide religious training or beliefs must submit a written application to the school board, setting forth the reasons for the request. [ ]
The Home School Legal Defense Association says the school boards policy violates Virginia state law, which allows children undergoing religious training to be taught at home without having to defend their beliefs.
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I would have a two-word response. The second word is “you”.
This is in HSLDA’s home state, also Seton Catholic Home School and Patrick Henry College. I don’t think this board knows what is coming their way.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. But in the case of the Goochland County School Board, the problem is likely to be ignorance of logic itself.
Sort of like registering your guns so they know where to come get them? Or in this case where the Muzzies need to come lop your heads off? Especially in view if the fact that we have a Muslim president who is completely complicit with them...
Maybe these families should wipe lambs blood on their doors
Time to rain down hell on them (then again sounds like someone already did). I wonder if this is some new federal Common Core compliance policy.
Your kid cannot get aspirin, sign permission slips, etc. without parental consent, but for some reason they are able to decide about abortions and their schooling? Unbelievable.
“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made School Boards.”- Mark Twain
I was at this board meeting last night - in the front row - spoke, as did about 40 others, all but perhaps one strongly stating the many reasons that the board’s decision was wrong.
The turnout by county residents was overwhelming, several hundred with standing room only. It turned out to be a 1776 event, and utterly awesome as one after another resident clearly provided reasoning as to why the board’s new policy was wrong. The crowd was almost 100% supporting the overturning of the board’s action in 2013 that resulted in the Pruitt family being threatened with legal action requiring their children to legally attest to their desire to be homeschooled.
About 5 attorneys spoke eloquently, being so respected by the board that the board begged for help in how they should address the issue. One homeschooling attorney mother, a tiny gal on fire, was awesome, as was the HDLA, and others from pro-homeschooling groups.
But the attorney’s weren’t the only one’s hitting home runs - so many of the other speakers did as well and if I tried to detail each one this would be a book.
Several board members were clearly getting the message, a couple publicly repenting of adopting their policy.
The final issue agreed to by all and presented by almost all the speakers was parental responsibility - and that up to 18, parents are totally responsible for their children under not only our religious exemption, but by a 2013 Virginia law, Virginia code 22.1-254(B)(1), that clearly states this. An astute homeshooling attorney father presented this point.
The over 4 hour meeting was truly freedom in action, and in the end, the board rescinded the policy that was threatening the Pruitt family, and almost unversally supported the petitions of those who showed up to protest the destruction of their freedom in our county - a generally very conservative one.
I’m not doing justice to all that was said and done in this lengthy meeting - there was too much to post here - but it was an awesome experience - and freedom won.
WRIC, Channel 8 in Richmond, wric.com, should have a video on this meeting today. They were there videotaping most of the meeting.
even after this victory have there been calls for resignations?
Only statists try this kind of stuff and when their agenda fails they change the wording and try again and again, and again.
Excellent report! Thank you.
Oh dear gawd...which Mormon Gawd?
Government schools have no place in a free society. We should do away with single-payer socialized schooling and return to a free market capitalist system.
You touched on it in your report, but this is a bit deeper than proving one’s faith.
No parent should require an exemption to teach their children and protect them from the rot and filth that is public education.
Even though I am a Christian, the idea that one can only school their children for religious reasons is abhorrent. Home schooling is the right of any parent, religious or otherwise.
I understand the accepting of the exemption law to get through the circumstances of the time - but that exemption implied the state’s authority to deny parents the right to protect and educate their children...a right the state most emphatically does not have.
Any of these attempts to force children into public schools should be universally met with a firm “Butt out!”
Are atheists and agnostics eligible for home schooling for their bona fide beliefs about the nature of creation and the universe? Wonder how they will react.
HSLDA does good work. Hope they win this battle.
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