By John Long
A study from the Child Advocacy Center, a branch of the Law School at the University of Virginia, hit the papers this month. It questioned Virginia’s unique law that allows a religious exemption to the state’s compulsory school attendance requirements. Some 7,000 Virginia students are covered by the exemption, the study noted. It reached a seemingly frightening conclusion: At least some of these may be receiving no education at all! (Cue dramatic organ riff.)
Long is director of the Salem Museum and a Roanoke Times columnist.