Rob Bell is a committed supporter of home schooling.
His mother, Mary Bell, homeschooled his brother and sister, and even testified in the General Assembly in support of Virginia’s first home schooling law in 1984.
In 2004, Rob patroned a bill to expand Virginia’s home schooling law to cover those parents without a college degree. Although it passed the House and Senate, the bill was vetoed by Governor Mark Warner. In 2006, Rob was again able to successfully patron the bill through the House and Senate, and it was signed into law by Governor Tim Kaine.
For this work, Rob was granted the “Outstanding Leadership in Advancing the Rights of Home-Educating Parents” award from the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV).
In 2015, Rob patroned a bill to allow home school students to play sports at their local high school. Home schoolers attended committee meetings, and many students testified in committee in favor of the bill. This “Tebow Bill” passed the House and Senate, but was vetoed by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Rob will continue to promote this measure in the future.
Rob lives in Albemarle County near Charlottesville with his wife, Jessica, and two kids, Robbie and Evie.