Parents Oppose District’s Policy of ‘Interrogating’ Homeschoolers on Religious Beliefs

Frankly, parents should be allowed to opt out of public education for any reason, whether their decision is due to religious beliefs or not; it’s not the business of the State of Virginia!

Will S.' Culture War Blog

Parents Oppose District’s Policy of ‘Interrogating’ Homeschoolers on Religious Beliefs.

As well they should!

GOOCHLAND, Va. – Hundreds of concerned parents in Virginia recently voiced opposition to a controversial policy that allows school officials to grill homeschool parents and students on their religious beliefs.

In 2013, Goochland County Public Schools began requiring homeschool parents to reapply for a religious exemption to public education once their children turn 14 years old. The school district also requires homeschool families to write statements describing their religious beliefs.

“Before the School Board takes action on a request for a religious exemption, the parent must submit the application, a letter of statement explaining their bona fide religious beliefs and in the case of a student age 14 or older, a statement from the child stating his/her bona fide religious beliefs,” the school policy states.

The policy also gives the school board permission to schedule meetings with homeschool…

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