Another artcle came out about the VaHomeschoolers Conference. This one was in the Midlothian Exchange (in Chesterfield County, outside of Richmond), Taking Charge of Education.

I was really impressed that she got the law stuff right! So often newspaper accounts either don't really explain it well, or get it wrong (how many times did I have to read that the new law that went into effect in July "allowed parents with only a high school diploma to homeschool". It did nothing of the sort…folks with a high school diploma have always been able to homeschool…the new law just reduced the paperwork required…but I digress) It looks like Elizabeth did her homework (we did not talk much about the law specifics although she did sit in on my Beginning Homeschool session) which is nice to see.

I was surprised to see myself quoted so much! Yikes! How weird. Actually it was more of paraphrased…as I remember talking about these things with her, but not saying exactly these things. I guess that it must be hard to get an exact quote when you are just talking and taking notes. I do think that she did a good job of catching the essance of what I was saying, so I can't complain!

Overall, I am really impressed with how many good points she was able to include…it was more in depth then I expected and did present homeschoolers as a diverse group. She also interviewed a Chesterfield family at the Conference and had some good quotes including this one:

The couple looked into private schools as an option, but the decision to homeschool the boys became an easier decision after talking with other parents. "It was an easy jump. There is a more diverse group to homeschoolers now. It's a new movement with more options," she said.

Whew. I get really nervous talking with "the press" and always wonder how it will turn out. This one turned out pretty dang good!

~Stephanie

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