It is extremely important to pass parental rights legislation in Virginia in light of a recent statement from the U.S. Attorney General in the Romeike v. Holder political asylum case. According to HSLDA, when referencing the German homeschool family's plight, the attorney for the U.S. stated that "there is no fundamental liberty to homeschool."
SB 908 would change this in Virginia by protecting a parent's right to make educational decisions for his child.
Based on recent developments that may increase the likelihood of SB 908 passing out of committee, we urge you to call and ask your delegate on the House Courts of Justice Committee to amend SB 908 to match the language of Delegate Pogge's HB 1642, but--very importantly--with the inclusion of "education" as one of the decisions parents have a fundamental right to make.
Amended SB 908:
"A parent has a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the care, custody, education, and control of the parent's child."
Original SB 908:
"A parent has a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of the parent's child."
Because Delegate Pogge's House version of the bill (HB 1642) passed earlier in the same committee, we believe SB 908 is more likely to pass if it includes the same House language with the inclusion of the word "education."
We now expect SB 908 to be heard in committee Friday afternoon. Ask your friends and homeschool support group members to call no later than Friday at noon! It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschool parent--this is an issue that concerns every parent.
Director of Homeschool Support