Vote Scheduled by the Sports Access Committee
A House Education Special Subcommittee will hold its final meeting Tuesday, November 22, at 1 p.m., at the General Assembly in House Room D. Public testimony will be taken concerning homeschool access to public school sports as presented in Delegate Rob Bell’s 2011 bill, HB 2395. You can view Delegate Bell’s note regarding the meeting, which includes a request that those in favor of the bill show their support by attending.
If you plan to attend and would like more details, please contact HEAV at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With warm regards,
Director of Homeschool Support & Legislative Affairs
Home Educators Association of Virginia is neutral on sports access legislation. HEAV’s purpose is to protect and strengthen home education. Although we understand the interest some parents have in providing athletic opportunities for their children, it is not HEAV’s purpose to actively support a return to public schools.
During the past 10 years, HEAV has worked privately with the Virginia High School League in an attempt to come to an equitable agreement rather than risk bringing a discussion of home education before the Virginia legislature. During this time, we have carefully tracked several sports access bills introduced by legislators who were responding to requests from homeschooling parents in their districts.
We will continue to closely monitor access legislation by attending committee meetings and sharing developments with homeschooling families. We are working closely with Delegate Bell, who is a longtime friend of homeschoolers. If we see any legislative discussion or movement toward increased regulations for homeschoolers in general, we will immediately ask that the bill be withdrawn.
HEAV will continue to work with our lawmakers and the Department of Education to maintain your freedom to homeschool in the least restrictive manner possible.