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Religious Exemptions May Hamper Education

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A recent study says some Virginia children might not be getting any education because of the state's religious exemption from mandatory school attendance.
The statute doesn't require parents to provide any education to children who are granted religious exemptions.
The study says the statute could be unconstitutional because children have a right to an education under the Virginia Constitution.
According to the study, more than 7,000 children received religious exemptions during the 2010-2011 school year. The exemptions are granted by local school districts.
Virginia Department of Education spokesman Charles Pyle says the department presumes that these students are getting some kind of home instruction. But there's no follow-up reporting.
Media outlets say the study was conducted by the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Virginia law school.

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