Virginia should follow the lead of other states and apply the same rules to all home-schooled children.
About 7,000 children in Virginia are exempted from public school attendance under a vaguely worded state law that forces school officials into the awkward position of judging religious beliefs and creates the potential that some youngsters receive no education at all.
A report released last week by the University of Virginia School of Law acknowledges that most children granted a religious exemption likely attend a private school or are educated at home. But that’s merely speculation. Dramatic growth in the number of exemptions, which have increased 50 percent since 2000, demands that state leaders revisit the outdated law.