That, as Mr. Powell’s story so powerfully demonstrated, is unacceptable. States have an interest and an obligation to see that children get a basic education; that’s why we have compulsory attendance laws. By writing such a broad exemption, Virginia has tipped the scales that balance a parent’s religious freedom with a child’s right to an education. When the Virginia General Assembly returns for its next session, it should right that balance. Like other states, Virginia can accommodate religious concerns while still asking families to adhere to the reasonable reporting requirements of its home instruction laws.