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On “Fox and Friends” Wednesday, Heather Nauert brought us an update on a controversial homeschooling policy in one Virginia town.
The Goochland County School Board has now voted down a new policy that would have forced homeschooled children justify their religious beliefs within 30 days of their 14th birthday.
The board’s vote was in response to a flood of outrage by parents in the area. There is one more vote left to be taken on this issue.
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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.”
Doug Pruiett, a Virginia father who is homeschooling his children under the religious exemption, said on “Fox and Friends” that he was stunned and disgusted when he heard of this new policy.
Pruiett said that he and his wife contacted the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and the organization began representing them in this case.
The HSLDA says the school board’s policy violates Virginia state law, which allows children undergoing religious training to be taught at home without having to defend their beliefs.
“We’ve been homeschooling our children in Goochland County for over 10 years under the religious exemption,” Pruiett explained. “We were granted a very clear and unconditional approval to homeschool our children, and so when this letter came, it really surprised us.”
According to Pruiett, the letter says that now when homeschooled children turn 14, they must submit a sworn affidavit of their own personal religious beliefs within 30 days. He added that they are also subject to being brought before the board for interrogation regarding their beliefs.
Pruiett said that failure to comply within 30 days could result in a fine and criminal prosecution.