Urgent Action Needed – Today!
Regardless of the reason you homeschool–or whether you’re under religious exemption or you’ve complied with the homeschool statute–we ask you to stand with us to protect homeschool freedoms. This could be the beginning of tighter regulations for all homeschoolers.
Last week Delegate Thomas Rust (R-Fairfax) introduced a resolution, HJ 92, requesting the Department of Education (DOE) to study how religious exemption is implemented in each school district. After gathering this information, the DOE is charged with making recommendations about changes to the religious exemption statute.
Help us stop this study!
Call your delegate today–Wednesday, January 22–if he or she is on the House Rules Committee. (See list below.) The Rules Subcommittee on Studies is scheduled to meet today at 4:30. We must let the delegates on this committee know that we oppose this move toward limiting our religious freedom.
Learn about other legislative activities below and see how you can make a difference!
Director of Legislative Affairs
Home Educators Association of Virginia
Call the offices of the delegates on the House Rules Committee today, Wednesday, before 4:30 p.m. The Rules Subcommittee meeting has just been announced. You can expect to speak with a receptionist or legislative aide who will take your message, not the delegate. They will not debate the issue with you. In your own words, ask your delegate to oppose HJ 92 based on one or two of the reasons below. Here is a list of the Rules Committee members and the geographical areas they represent. See if your delegate is on the committee.
M. Kirkland Cox (R-Chesterfield, Colonial Heights)
Gregory Habeeb (R-Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke, Salem)
Algie Howell, Jr. (D-Norfolk, Virginia Beach)
Riley E. Ingram (R-Chesterfield, Henrico, Prince George)
Johnny S. Joannou (D-Norfolk, Portsmouth)
S. Chris Jones (R-Chesapeake, Suffolk)
Terry Kilgore (R-Lee, Scott, Wise, Norton)
Barry D. Knight (R-Chesapeake, Virginia Beach)
Steven Landes (R-Albemarle, Augusta, Rockingham)
Jimmie Massie (R-Henrico)
Robert D. Orrock (R-Caroline, Spotsylvania)
Kenneth R. Plum (D-Fairfax)
David J. Toscano (D-Albemarle, Charlottesville)
R. Lee Ware (R-Chesterfield, Fluvanna, Goochland)
Reasons to oppose HJ 92:
Join Mike Farris in Richmond
On Thursday, January 23, Mike Farris will speak at the Virginia Christian Alliance (VCA) Lobby Day at the General Assembly in Richmond. VCA opposes Delegate Thomas Rust’s resolution, HJ 92 that questions your freedom to homeschool your children under the religious exemption statute.
Mike will speak at 9:30 a.m. in House Room 1 of the Capitol Building. If you would like to attend, please contact Rita Dunaway at firstname.lastname@example.org. After the presentation, you can visit the Rules Committee members and voice your opposition to this measure.
Tebow Bill Scheduled
HB 63, Delegate Rob Bell’s (R-Charlottesville) Tebow Bill, will come before the House Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee tomorrow morning, Wednesday January 22. The subcommittee will be meeting at 8:30 a.m. in House Room D in the General Assembly Building. You can find directions and parking here.
Things are moving very quickly with little notice of committee times and places. Watch for future updates!