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Post by SamCogar on Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:41 am

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill before the House of Delegates is raising hackles among West Virginia home school families.

If passed, the bill would remove from state law language that allows home-schooled students to take "nationally normed standardized achievement tests."

Students instead would be required to take West Virginia's Westest 2 assessment or prepare a portfolio of their year's schoolwork to show educational progress.

The bill also would give the state Board of Education authority to "determine the proficiency scores necessary to remain in a home school environment."

Delegate Mike Manypenny, D-Taylor, introduced the bill on Feb. 15, but it remains in the House Education committee. He said he doesn't expect the bill to pass this session because the Legislature's calendar is full and his bill, House Bill 3152, didn't make the cut.

Manypenny said the law was never meant to disparage home schooling or home-schooled children. He said his goal was to reduce truancy and high school dropout rates.

Manypenny's home county, Taylor, had the second-highest dropout rate in the state for the 2009-2010 school year, according to state education department data. Of the county's 1,043 7th- through 12th-grade students, 45 students, or 4.3 percent, dropped out

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Post by Stephanie on Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:40 am

So many homeschoolers flooded members of the House Education Committee with phone calls, the Chair told us the bill would go nowhere and requested we stop flooding members with calls.

It would surprise me greaty if Del. Manypenny ever decides to introduce this legislation again.

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Post by wvsasha on Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:32 pm

Can I ask what taking the WESTest as a homeschooled student has to do with drop outs?
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Post by Stephanie on Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:26 am

Nothing. Delegate Manypenny was just practicing being important.

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Post by wvsasha on Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:22 am

LOL! Gotcha!
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Post by Cato on Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:40 pm

Stephanie wrote:Nothing. Delegate Manypenny was just practicing being important.

I really like your depiction of Manypenny and truthfully it applies to most all of the legislature.

Good one Stephanie!!!

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