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by ARLnow.com | February 3, 2012 at 8:00 am | 2,761 views | 93 Comments

County Expects Fewer Housing Dollars from Feds — Federal spending cuts and a reduction in poverty in Arlington have combined to result in a relatively steep drop in federal housing dollars for Arlington County. The county expects to receive $1.16 million in federal housing dollars in fiscal year 2013 — a nearly $400,000 drop compared to the prior year. [Sun Gazette]

‘Tebow Bill’ Advances in General Assembly — A bill that would allow home-schooled students in Virginia to play for public school sports teams has cleared a key legislative hurdle, reports the Associated Press. The bill’s nickname — the Tebow Bill — references NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who was home schooled but permitted to play on a public high school football team. [My Fox DC]

Fitch Affirms Arlington’s ‘AAA’ Rating — Bond rating agency Fitch has affirmed Arlington’s AAA debt rating in advance of an upcoming bond offering. Fitch praised Arlington’s “outstanding fiscal performance” and “exceptionally vibrant employment base” in a press release. “Conservative budgeting, timely tax and fee increases, and closely monitored expenditure controls consistently produce surplus operating results leading to solid reserve levels and liquidity,” the firm wrote. [Business Wire]

Prostitute Sexually Assaulted in Ballston — A prostitute was sexually assaulted at the Comfort Inn hotel on N. Glebe Road in Ballston on Wednesday, according to the Arlington County Police Department’s daily crime report. The woman did, however, manage to call her “bodyguard” during the attack. The bodyguard reportedly got in a scuffle with the woman’s attacker before the attacker fled the scene. [Patch]

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  • novasteve

    Oh no, poor Arlington Board. Less money for them to buy votes with.

  • truth be told

    So now there are pimps and prostitutes hanging out in Arlington. I guess it is a good thing Huggy Bear was close by.

    • nunya

      there’s a dude who stands outside of the today show on the weekends that reminds me of huggy.

  • So…

    Is this not the same prostitute we’ve been talking about the last couple days? Just wondering if this really some media blast of the same item or if there’s really some prostitute popularity explosion in Arlington?

    • Zoning Victim

      Haha, I think the explosion has been in arrests and sexual assaults of prostitutes. The prostitutes themselves have always been here and in every other community.

      • So…

        True, didn’t mean to sound shocked that there are hookers… the day the internet was born it made it easier to get off the streets and online to sell your goods. In so many ways. Haha. BUT I guess I meant crimes relating to prostitution… if this is the same battered prostitute or save attacker they’ve posted up here for 2 days, it seems like we’re making it appear to be a higher prostitute crime rate than there really is.

        • Fausto

          Read the Patch article. The police say this is not related to the other prostitute crimes they have been talking about. It is a another case. And I’m not sure which “battered prostitute” case you are referencing that has been on here for 2 days. That does not seem to exist.

          • Ok

            1) It was just a question, wasn’t trying to be offensive as much as figure out if this was a connected issue and possibly not as wide spread a problem as it’s being hyped up to be this week. (Didn’t choose not to open the Patch article the Patch article doesn’t open at work.)

            2) Two other articles about attacks:
            http://www.arlnow.com/2012/02/02/crystal-city-man-convicted-of-prostitute-attacks/
            http://www.arlnow.com/2012/02/01/police-ask-for-sexual-assault-victims-to-come-forward/

          • ACPD PIO

            The following are the reported sexual crimes over the past two weeks in Arlington:

            ABDUCTION WITH INTENT TO DEFILE / SEXUAL ASSAULT, 01/19/12, 2000 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway. On January 19, around 8 pm, a female escort was held against her will in a hotel room while an unknown male sexually assaulted her. The suspect is a black male, 30-39, 170 lbs.

            RAPE, 01/25/12, 3000 block of Columbia Pike. Between 2 and 3 pm on January 25, a female victim was raped by a known suspect in a hotel room. The suspect is in custody.

            SEXUAL BATTERY, 01/31/12, 1600 block of N. Arlington Boulevard. On January 31 at 8:30 pm, a female returning to her hotel room was confronted by a subject just outside her door in the hallway and was sexually assaulted. When the victim went to the front desk to report the incident, the suspect fled on foot. The suspect is described as a black male, late 20’s, approximately 160 lbs with a slender build. At the time he was wearing a navy blue knit cap and a one-piece navy blue jumpsuit.

            AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY, 01/29/12, 2400 block of S. Lowell Street. On January 29 at 4:30 pm, a subject turned himself in related to a juvenile sexual assault that occurred in 2001. The suspect is being held without bond.

            PEEPING TOM, 01/27/12, 2700 block of S. Veitch Street. Shortly after 6 am on January 27, a neighbor witnessed an unknown suspect looking into an apartment window of a female resident. The subject is described as a Hispanic male, between 5’8” and 6’ tall, with short black hair.

            SEXUAL BATTERY, 02/01/12, 1200 block of N. Glebe Road. On February 1, around 11:30 am, a female escort was sexually assaulted after failing to comply with sexual demands from the suspect. The female escort used a cell phone whiling struggling with the suspect and contacted a bodyguard for help. Within a few moments, the bodyguard arrived at the hotel room and was involved in an altercation with the suspect. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle and is described as a black male, approximately 5’8” tall, bald and heavyset.

  • G Clifford Prout

    All the “inclusive world-class urban communities” I know have prostitutes.

    • novasteve

      yeah, you do have politicians just about everywhere.

      • Maria

        That’s funny.

  • Zoning Victim

    “Conservative budgeting?” That sounds kind of funny when talking about Arlington.

    • drax

      Not really. Arlington spends a small share of it’s residents’ money (i.e. has low tax rates) compared to other NoVA jurisdictions.

      • Zoning Victim

        It’s just funny to see the term “conservative” with regards to Arlington County Government. I realized on second glance that they were talking about the way they run their budget (such as their high reserves and low debt to real estate value ratio) not what they choose to spend their budget on. It has nothing to do with whether or not Arlington has a low tax rate.

        Do you have a source that shows what Arlington takes in taxes versus other NoVA jurisdictions? I’ve been searching for one, but can’t come up with anything. The closest I can come is a comparison of DC to VA and MD that says in most cases, DC has the lowest taxes.

        • Thes

          Try this website. It seems to have only up to 2010, but you can see how Arlington’s real estate property tax rate is significantly lower than its neighbors in Northern Virginia.

          Some people have said that just the tax rate is not the best measure of the tax burden, because Arlington has a large number of expensive houses that pay a lot of taxes. But if you look at the value of homes on the Arlington/Fairfax line, you will see them assessed (valued) at a similar rate per square foot. So I think Arlington’s just more efficient with its money than Fairfax is.

          • Zoning Victim

            Thanks; the DC article had Arlington taxing more than Fairfax and they didn’t consider sales taxes at all. Obviously, the property tax rate is just one part of overall taxation (only 62% of overall taxation according to the link you provided), and then one could always debate whether we should be considering taxation as a percentage of income or as a dollar amount. As a percentage of income would probably make Arlington look pretty good compared to other municipalities; total dollars of taxes paid probably would not.

            Arlington has significant advantages over Fairfax. We are much a much richer community, with very high property values, we have far fewer poor people and are a very small geographic region that is highly populated. I wouldn’t expect Fairfax or any other county that has 2,767 people per square mile by comparison to Arlington’s 7,993 to be able to operate as efficiently.

    • SoMuchForSubtlety

      I know. Its crazy when facts get in the wayt isn’t it.

  • BigDaddyKane

    Pimpin’ ain’t easy

  • Village Genius

    How does the home schooled playing sports for a public school work? This idea seems a little odd. I recall coaches instilling the fear of god (figuratively and yes, at public schools) into athletes not to be screw-ups in class. Teachers also invoked the “don’t make me talk to the coach” rule. I recall extra laps running for some offense in the classrooms — including the collective “you are all running because of what teammate X did” — a quite efficient way to instill discipline. Do the home schooled kids get a free pass? Also, school spirit was a big part of sports and other activities.

    Why stop at sports, what about plays, musicals, school newspaper, band, student government, etc.

    This seems like a classic “eating your cake and having it too” situation. The home schoolers want to be separate but then cherry pick what they cannot offer.

    Life is full of choices and if parents elect to remove their kids from public schools, then they need to live with that choice.

    • Fausto

      It is hard to justify banning them when parents who choose to home school still have to pay taxes to support public schools. That is kind of like the school system eating their cake and stealing more cake from others.

      • Juanita de Talmas

        It’s not hard to justify at all. The parents chose to home-school their kids knowing they would still have to pay taxes. Same with people who choose to send their kids to private schools. If that bothers them, then re-enroll the kid in the public schools.

        Now what is really hard to justify is charging those of us who don’t have kids.

        • Fausto

          I think that is kind of old-fashioned thinking. This is the trend, to allow them to participate. It is a good way to provide more options for the kids, both in their curriculum and their extra curriculars.

        • dk

          I agree. I don’t really have a hard-line opinion about this, but if homeschoolers are allowed to participate, why not a kid enrolled in private school? Where should the line be drawn (if at all?).

          The argument that “I pay taxes, so I should get a piece of the action” holds no water whatsoever. We ALL pay taxes for services we don’t use.

          • Zoning Victim

            So, you think the thing to do is punish people for being homeschooled by not allowing them to play sports? Why not let people in private schools play sports in the public schools?

            Any policy that will encourage more children to be fat couch-potatoes doesn’t make any sense at all.

          • South Awwwlington

            Just what kinda of favors do parents thinking they are doing their children by not allowing them to learn and socialize with their peers? Not being snarky, just don’t see the reasoning behind it.

            It’s akin to being a commuter student in College, sure you get the education…but you miss out on a whole lot too.

          • R. Griffon

            Yes – why SHOULDN’T private school kids be allowed to play too? I see no reason.

            If you buy books at Barnes & Noble, are you no longer allowed in the public library? That’s just silly.

            Qualifying kids (who would ordinarily attend the school) should be allowed to partake in whatever school activities they choose. Be it sports or any other extra-curricular activities. Heck – why limit it to extra-curriculars? Let ‘em take classes part-time too if they want to. Why not? Let ‘em mix-n-match all they want, provided that they continue to meet standards for learning and proficiency.

          • Burger

            Actually your argument is off. A better analogy to demonstrate why this is a stupid idea is I can go into your house and take food out of your fridge under the guise that I pay taxes.

            Life is about making choices and by letting people skate around the rules to suit their fancy your confirming to them that there is an entitlement that that the rules do not apply to them.

            Lastly, this opens serious other funding issues i.e. I pay taxes but my kids go to private school – but aren’t bused, thus the county should pay for busing to my kids private school or my school has fewer computers, thus the public school should provide for more computers for the private school because I pay taxes.

            Let’s not get into the enormous abuse that will occur aka Jimmy, you are the star football player but you can’t hack it at public school but lets have mom teach you your three R’s and grade your work. Yup, can’t see any problems there.

          • Zoning Victim

            Burger, slippery slope arguments are really useless; it amazes me that people use them as much as they do. These types of arguments add nothing to any debate; they simply state some absurd notion that one thing has to lead to another ridiculously out of character extreme that’s kind of, sort of related to the topic at hand. If we let kids play football in the public school they don’t go to, we’ll have to let them take the school bus for free. If we let people own a few chickens, we’ll have to let somebody else have an elephant. If we let gay people marry, then we’ll have to let people marry their dogs if they want to. There is zero intellectual value in any of these arguments.

            And what the hell rules are you talking about? It’s not circumventing the rules to homeschool your kids or send them to private school.

          • Josh S

            Yeah, I’ll add to the part about “rules.” What “rules?” We make the rules. They aren’t handed down from on high. So if we decide that private school kids can participate in public school teams, then that is the rule. So there would not be an issue of “skating” around them.

        • BlueLoom

          “Now what is really hard to justify is charging those of us who don’t have kids.”

          An educated citizenry benefits us all. It doesn’t matter whether you have kids in the school system or not. A kid in that school system may become your heart surgeon 35 or 40 years from now. Or a kid in that school system may become a firefighter or police officer who protects your home and your family.

          What matters in the long run is what’s best for society as a whole.

      • Arlingtonienne

        I’m with Fausto. When I was growing up (elsewhere, naturally), we had a number of homeschoolers who participated at our public school in sports, orchestra, gifted education, etc. Fausto is exactly right– those parents are tax payers too, and that resource should be available to their kids. When I was in (private) high school, I returned to my neighborhood high school to participate in another activity that wasn’t offered at my high school.

        • Also . . .

          . . . since home-schooled kids are often from religious Christian households, exposure to more mainstream kids might allow them to grow up less bigoted. I say, let ‘em in.

      • Maria

        The justification is that children in the U.S. are guaranteed a free, public education. If parents make the choice not to have their children take advantage of that education, they also make the choice to have their miss out on the opportunities offered by schools. I’m not saying I agree or disagree, but that’s how it is. As someone else mentions below, we all pay taxes for plenty of things we don’t use, but can you imagine a tax system where we only pay taxes for things we use? It’s impossible.

        As for the sports issue specifically, one of the problems a lot of people have with home schooled children participating in sports at public schools is that, for most public school students, they are playing sports after having been in school for 8 hours. Home schooled children don’t necessarily have that issue, as, theoretically, they could do school work for a couple hours then sleep the rest of the day to rest up for games. For many opponents of the idea this a matter of fairness. There are also usually many local teams on which home schooled kids could choose to play.

      • Charlie

        I pay the same taxes but have NO children in school.

      • MC

        Why are any tax dollars at all going to pay for football, or fencing or other hobby interests for kids? We should require kids who want to play sports to pay user fees, since they cost so much money keeping schools open late, and requiring up non-academic staff supervision. Sports have nothing at all to do with academic education. Given that Arlington County school expenses are out of control – the highest in the DC region – subsidizing these Country Club activities should be eliminated.

        • Josh S

          Actually there is plenty of evidence that physical activity is a primary part of healthy growth and development. Some of that evidence is just sort of common sense – what teenager in their right mind would want to sit still for eight hours a day? Plus the historical precedent of societies where physical activity is a critical part of childhood education – see, for example, the ancient Greeks.
          To call them Country Club activities is just cutting off your nose to spite your face.
          What expenses are “out of control?” Please define your terms and provide evidence.

    • novasteve

      When they aren’t required to fund public schools you might have a valid point. But since they are required to fund public schools, you don’t have a point.

      • Steamboat Willie

        My kids aren’t school age yet, but I’ve been stopping by the cafeterias of the local schools to grab snacks for them. I mean, I’m forced to pay taxes, so I’m entitled right?

        • R. Griffon

          Absolutely. As long as you’re paying for your cafeteria lunch just like all the other kids. Unless you’re poor and qualify for free lunch – in that case, help yourself.

          No problem with that at all.

          • R. Griffon

            Whoops – just noticed you said your kids AREN’T school age. Then the answer is no. B/c that’s just dumb.

          • Steamboat Willie

            Oh, yeah, forgot about the price of lunch. I think I’ll just bring them over to the ball fields and let them run around during the day.

            Actually, I’m just kidding. If home schoolers want to play sports, have at it. The annoying aspect is that on our neighborhood listserve, some right winger on my street weighed in about the unfairness of illegal immigrants getting to play sports while God fearing legal home schooled Murrikens were excluded. It was gratuitous and typically mean spirited. The feigned victimhood of the homeschoolers is getting old.

          • R. Griffon

            I use school fields and playgrounds for my non-school age kids all the time. They’re a community resource. Off-hours (or season) though. You have a right to use them, but NOT to disrupt others during scheduled school activities.

            And haven’t you heard? The pious are a horribly repressed minority in America. I look forward to the day when someone can wear evidence of their faith openly in public without fear of being ostracized. When they don’t have to worry about their co-workers learning of their faith for fear of losing their job. Maybe one of ‘em can even be President one day.

            A man can dream.

          • Charlie

            Has nothing to do with faith. It has to do with self-rightiousness and how everything and anything and everyone who/that does not “fit” their beliefs is bad and sinful. Makes it hard to “like” them.

          • Not your bro

            Oh, Charlie/charlie/shirley/whatever your latest handle is . . .

            We know you know this is irony. But keep poking!

    • drax

      VG, you’ve got a point, except you don’t. What exactly do home-schoolers get for free by using school resources? They still pay taxes. If anything, they relieve the burden on public schools by getting out of the classroom, rather than choosing to enroll rather than give up sports or band or whatever.

      Nobody is hurt by this. Let them play.

      • Burger

        Of course, the second your kid doesn’t make the team because a home schooler beat them out I’d wager you’ll have an issue.

    • R. Griffon

      I have absolutely no problem with this. And I don’t see how doling out punishment for in-class behavior even registers on the list of possible problems. Why should a coach even care how a home-schooled kid acts at home? As long they’re doing what they are supposed to at practice, they should be good to go.

      They are tax payers with properly zoned children of appropriate age. I say let them choose school services a-la-carte if they want. Let them join the sports teams, the band, use the library … who cares?

      (ardent anti-theist, BTW)

      • R. Griffon

        Crap – meant to be a response to Village Genius above.

        They need to lose the text box at the bottom as it’s too tempting to type in it instead of hitting “Reply.”

  • Steamboat Willie

    And my first thought when I saw the photograph of that statue was “that statue is Tebowing” and then I saw the article. Coincidence?

    • R. Griffon

      Every time I hear that I think “teabagging.” They even kneel down and everything. Makes me chuckle every time.

      • Not your bro

        Har!

  • greyroadster

    Does this allow the school to make requirements about health, e.g., requiring physicals and vaccinations that the home schooler would otherwise not have?

    • R. Griffon

      If it doesn’t, it definitely should.

    • An assumption

      I would assume yes because many of these same requirements take place in order to attend or volunteer for county programs like camps, etc. Half of the paperwork for sports in schools includes all of this but they don’t have to fill it out twice because they already have it on file, so I doubt that’s anything a homeschooler’s parent wouldn’t (well, shouldn’t) expect.

  • Justin Russo

    At least the home-schooled students will never need to worry about not having a high enough grade point average to stay on the team…their teachers can make it be whatever they want it to be.

  • John Fontain

    Looking at it from the standpoint of the homeschooled kid, I think it would be terribly awkward to show up for an extra curricular activity at a school you don’t attend.

    • Not so much

      It depends on the kid’s personality honestly… it’s not for everyone. I grew up in Arlington and went to a Catholic school (touchdown Jesus over rt 50) for elementary and middle school… because we offered CYO sports year-round we had a lot of public school kids in the 4th and 5th grades (competitive basketball, etc. in public schools didn’t really start until middle school at the time – 6th grade) that would join CCD (religious ed for public school kids) in order to play the sports at our school. It’s not an exact translation/comparison, but it’s the same idea. Some kids only stuck around for a year or so until their school had the same sports or because they felt uncomfortable socially, but actually many who joined in 4th and 5th grade played with us through 8th because we’d all become very good friends. For home schooled kids I’d imagine parents should/would look for as many social outlets as possible since they’re not getting it in the day to day classroom/school setting… but like I said, it’s not for everyone I guess.

      • PS185

        As might be expected it also depends on the job the kids homeschool teacher does which can vary. I went to college in the 80′s with a kid who was homeschooled and he was without doubt the strangest guy I’ve ever met and had very unusual social behaviors (I won’t elaborate). Anyway, at some point we met his parents and it was clear where his ‘style’ came from.

        • Not so much

          I know kids who aren’t homeschooled who were like that… I worked an elementary school part time out of high school too as a sub/aide. Trust me, the first thing you figure out is if the kid is really just a little weird or even a trouble maker, it’s all made clear when you meet the parents. Sad, but true.

          • PS185

            Yeah, there are kids of all sorts. Like Napolean Dynamite. The kid I am talking about was really smart and tried to be really polite and mannered he just didn’t know how typical kids behave socially. His expectations of how to aproach someone for friendship or dating was particularly amusing and/or sad depending on your point of view.

  • charlie

    the problem here is much more technical in nature.

    this only applies to SPORTS. other programs — drama, choir, band are NOT included.

    to play football you need to maintain a certain grade point. how are home schoolers graded?

    right now students have to meet 13 eligibility requirements to play — home schoolers will have to meet HALF that much — so they in fact will get preferential treatment over your Johnny or Suzie.

    • Joe Hoya

      Yeah, I imagine someone could game the system by “home-schooling” a kid who was going to have problems with academics in high school so they could still be able to play on the team. Shadier things have happened in the world of high school athletics.

  • nunya

    i love reading these comments. so entertaining.

    hey, just saw a red fox run by my window.

    • Hattie McDaniel

      There’s been a pair of them frolicking in my backyard all week.

      • nunya

        there are a pair of foxes at east potomac park golf course that like to steal golf balls for their den.

  • Arlington MDMA

    the other problem with this legislation about home schoolers is it is a part of the whole religious right taking over Richmond and putting a wide range of religious-oriented legislation in place on the backs of ALL Virginians…

    it is a dark day in Richmond.

    of course if Northern Virginia would actually send someone to Richmond who had a backbone that might change a bit.

    • Maybe I’m slow…

      I’m not saying you couldn’t make a case that this has some religious context behind it (hence why they’re homeschooled or in a private school, maybe) but how is this a religious legislation at all? If you dig deep enough to find a way to bring it into anything, but this doesn’t seem to even touch that surface to me.

      • Arlington MDMA

        you are not slow.. but you are a typical Northern Virginian resident. You have no idea what is going on in Richmond and how it DOES impact your life.

        home schooling: maybe it is infinitely arguable, but I think there is direct correlation between conservative religious values and home schooling.

        Religious agenda in Virginia in 2012: weakening access to abortions; redefining what an abortion clinic is so it meets hospital, and not doctor office, standards; requiring women to have an ultra-sound and signing their name to it, prior to having an abortion; gay rights and domestic benefits; various voter supression initiaitves…

        the conservative religious agenda in Richmond is pretty mean.

        • Fausto

          Got any facts to back up that correlation?

          • Arlington MDMA

            here is some fun reading:

            which states that 33% choose homeschooling for religious reasons. the primary one being getting a better education. Since this is a national study you could assume that “better education” and “public school” aren’t the same thing in many places — like they are here in Arlington. Our schools rock.

            so you could adjust as your political proclivities allow.

            http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0053/twps0053.html

          • Quoth the Raven

            So although the study you cite disproves your point, we should ignore the study because Arlington is different, and instead agree with your original point. Brilliant!

          • Arlington MDMA

            it is for discusssion. you know what that means.
            i apologize if i ever came across as “believe me or you will die a long death”.
            just offering my opinion and open for discussion.

          • R. Griffon

            Or you could assume people were more more comfortable saying they “wanted a better education” or “were concerned about public schools” rather than say “I wanna teach mythology instead of science.”

            The far better measure would be to ask existing homeschoolers how important religion is in their life. I’m willing to bet you’d find numbers HEAVILY skewed from that of the general population.

          • Fausto

            I was more taking umbrage with your term of “conservative” religious values. It implies both religion and politics in one term. I see nothing in that study talks about conservatives or liberals. He also says it is a very small sample size.

            I know plenty of “liberals” who attend church and have religious values. I even know one family whose nephew is homeschooled in Ohio.

          • R. Griffon

            How about the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics who found that **83%** of homeschool parents cited religious and “moral” instruction as a motivation to homeschool.

            http://bit.ly/ym9z5X

            And those are just the ones who were comfortable enough to admit it. I’m frankly shocked that you’d even imply that it ISN’T directly correlated. Have you ever known a single homeschooler who WASN’T from a conservative religious family?

          • SouthPikeGuy

            Yes but 88% listed “Concerned about school environment”.
            73% listed “Dissatisfaction with instruction”
            65% listed “Nontraditional approach”

            Them’s a lot of percents.

          • R. Griffon

            Agreed, but these are poorly worded questions, and could well be (and I’d suggest ARE) selected by people who still want to do it for religious reasons.

            “Concerned about school environment” – Concerned about WHAT? Concerned your kid will be bulllied? Concerned it’s not sanitary? Concerned about drugs? Concerned they’re not teaching Creationism? It’s a terrible question b/c it doesn’t speak to ANY issue. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that nearly 100% of homeschoolers are somehow “concerned about the school environment.” Why else would you opt out?

            73% listed “Dissatisfaction with instruction” – see above

            65% listed “Nontraditional approach” – see above

          • SouthPikeGuy

            So you could say that whole study is highly flawed.

            And besides, what an awesome convenience to roll out a study that kind of maybe supports your point, and at the same time call into question every response and claim that they could all be hiding the fact that your hypothesis is the correct one.

            I mean, I know it’s Friday and all, but I just wish I could start hitting the hard stuff early like you.

          • R. Griffon

            I didn’t say the study was flawed – you did. I merely pointed out that the reasons you pointed out neither point to any specific reason, nor preclude a strong correlation between religious belief and homeschooling.

            The only convenient thing here is that it took me about all of 10 seconds to find sound evidence of the correlation between homeschooling and religious belief, as requested, from a reliable and unbiased source.

            That was very convenient.

          • Charlie

            Nice way of saying “my child should not be exposed to heathens.”

          • Josh S

            I’m not understanding what people are objecting to here? That many, if not most, people who choose to home school do it because of concerns about religion? I think even a casual look around the home schooling culture would reveal that pretty quickly. Which is not to say that there aren’t plenty of other reasons for home schooling.

        • Quoth the Raven

          Even assuming that all of that “agenda” is true, how does it possibly affect whether or not home-schooled kids should be able to play sports or not? People home school their kids for a variety of reasons, some of which are religious, and some not. Even if it’s 100% religious, why does that matter? All we’re talking about is whether they can go play on a sports team. What is possibly wrong with that? Hey, they might even be a lot like Tebow – in other words, they might even be some freakishly talented athlete that makes the whole team better!

          • SouthPikeGuy

            Libs will never miss an opportunity to punish anything and everything associated with people who have different views than they do. Especially high school jocks, who were probably responsible for a lot of swirlies they got in high school.

          • Arlington MDMA

            my issue isn’t this particular item. my issue is that Richmond is putting in place laws that are based supporting those with conservative religious values — in this case helping home-schooled kids change the VHSL (Virginia High School League) rules about athletic competitions in Virginia.
            if the public schools aren’t good enough for their education how is it possible that some of the sports are? go see the comment about having and eating your cake.

          • Maybe I’m slow…

            I am pretty well aware of the political views varying from NoVa and RIC, but just a thought maybe schools like this are the reasons parents are taking their kids out of public schools…
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MHtDF-z77wk

        • Zoning Victim

          What ” various voter supression initiaitves [sic]“?

          Has it ever occurred to you that most religious people’s only agenda is to be a good person? I’ll never understand why people like you try to vilify every Christian on the planet because of a subset of them believe a particular way on one issue.

          • Vinh An Nguyen

            religious people’s only agenda is to be a good person

            Like the religious people who crashed planes into the Pentagon and World Trade Center? Or maybe you were thinking about the religious people who murder abortion doctors? Or perhaps you were referring to the religious people who spit on women who don’t dress as ‘modestly’ as they feel they should.

          • Arlington MDMA

            what do you mean by “people like you”????

            yes, most religious people (Christian and other, which you left out) are very good people. I even know some of them.

            Efforts to make it difficult to register to vote and then to vote are anti-American. And these efforts in Virginia are being led by people who are also leading religion-based initiatives in Richmond. They get grouped together. You vote for Bob Marshall and I assume you support him.

          • Zoning Victim

            I mean people who bash religious people.

            You’re dodging the question. What exact legislation has been proposed by religious people in the last decade in Virginia that is designed to stop people from registering and voting?

          • Arlington MDMA

            here, try this on. some of it is conservative agenda some of it is religious agenda. most of it no one knows about.

            http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/republicans-in-virginia-push-conservative-agenda-with-bills-on-guns-gays/2012/02/03/gIQAsP3BoQ_story.html

          • Zoning Victim

            Hah, I figured it would be something as silly as asking for ID. The historic position that asking people for ID stops anyone from voting is kind of ridiculous in this day and age. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t have an ID, and they’re pretty simple to get for anyone who wants one.

    • Quoth the Raven

      It’s a dark day in Richmond b/c home schooled kids might be able to play sports? A little over the top, don’t you think?

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