2018 Regular Session

West Virginia Home School Legislation.

Over two thousand bills are introduced each regular legislative session. Of these only about two hundred make it completly through the legislative process and become law.

 

Active Home School Legislation

The Promise Scholarship and the Driver's License Bill are now law!

 

UPDATE – Thursday, March 22, 2018

SB 319 – The Home School Promise Bill
Status: 03/20/2018 - Signed by GOVERNOR
SB 364 – The Home School Driver's License Bill
Status: 03/20/2018 - Signed by GOVERNOR

I met with the Governor's staff on Tuesday the 19th to discuss the Promise and Driver's Bills. While the meeting was positive, I did not expect both bills would be signed the very next day. This journey has been a long one, ranging over several years and involving much arduous work and prayer. Many thanks are in order and will be forthcoming, but for now I just want to say thank you to Mike Donnelly, Esq., of HSLDA for working with CHEWV every step of the way.

John Carey
CHEWV Legislative Liaison

Today, the State Senate, concurred with the changes made by the House to SB 319, and passed the bill unanimous on the floor of the State Senate. After the Senate vote is reported to the House, SB 319 will be considered, "Completed Legislation," and will then be sent to the Governor for his consideration. After the Governor receives SB 319 he will have 15 days to sign or veto SB 319. 
Please call or email Governor Justice and ask him to support SB 319 - The Home School Promise Scholarship Bill

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Testing Requirements

HB 4183: Standardized Testing Requirements for Nonpublic Schools.

This bill revises standardized test requirements for private/parochial/church school students; it removes the current restriction on specific tests to just the most recent version of a nationally normed standardized achievement test; it changes testing to the same grade levels and subject areas as public schools.

Approved by the Governor

Vote on House Passage

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The Tim Tebow Bill

Bill died in House Education Committee

HB 4007 - Allowing home-schooled students to participate in secondary school extracurricular activities. BILL WAS VOTED DOWN IN HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE ON JANUARY 24, 2018  - Bill is dead for 2018 Regular Session.

Update: HB 4007 is the identical bill that passed the House Education Committee last year. So it was surprising the same committee rejected the bill this year. It is not know at this time if the Senate will consider advancing their version of the Tim Tebow Bill, SB 130.  The roll call vote on HB 4007: Yeas: Statler, Blair, Atkinson, Folk, Higginbotham, Kelly, Upson, Wilson, Espinosa - Nay: Campbell, Cooper, Dean, Evans E, Hicks, Hornbuckle, Moye, Pyles, Rodighiero, Rohrbach, Romine, Rowan, Rowe, Thompson, Wagner, Westfall

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Protecting Religious Liberty

Bills considered dead for the 2018 session

SB 93 - Establishing WV Freedom of Conscience Protection Act

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SB 257 - Creating WV Counseling Protection Act

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HB 4203 - Campus Free Speech Act

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HB 3097 - Codifying the application of the compelling interest test and strict scrutiny standard involving rights enumerated under the First Amendment

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HB 2335 - Protecting academic freedom in higher education

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Anti-Religious Freedom Bills

Bills considered dead for the 2018 session

HB 4281 Prohibiting civil rights violations based on gender identity, or sexual orientation -Turn American jurisprudence on its head by forcing an individual to prove their innocence in court to a charge of discrimination.

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HB 4319 - Adding sexual orientation to the categories covered by the Human Rights Act LEAD SPONSOR: Pushkin, SPONSORS: Walters, Storch, Westfall, Moore, Miley, Williams, Higginbotham, Lovejoy, Isner

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Savings Accounts and Tax Credits for Education

Bills considered dead for the 2018 session

SB 6 - Establishing education savings accounts for WV students

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SB 89 - Creating educational expense tax credits

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SB 128 -Establishing education expenses tax credit

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Legislation in this column is from the 2017 Regular Session

HB435 and HB2650 usurp the rights of parents and children to seek counseling that conforms to their values. These bills violate First Amendment protections of free speech and freedom of religion.

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HB 2702 and SB 528 Equates Home Schooling with Child Abuse.

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SB273 and 2689 are bills that establiish Educational Savings Account Programs. 

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SB24 and HB 2094 are bills that provide tax credits for home school and private school expenses. 
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