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Virginia Senate passes bill relaxing homeschooling standard

RICHMOND – After spirited debate, the Senate passed legislation Monday to relax the academic qualifications required of parents who teach their children at home.

However, Gov. Mark R. Warner ‘strongly opposes’ the bill, spokeswoman Ellen Qualls said, and the 25-15 vote was two shy of the two-thirds majority required to override a veto.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Del. Rob Bell of Albemarle County, would allow parents with a high school diploma to homeschool their children. The law now requires them to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Read more…

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