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NJ Mayor Endorses Homeschooling
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A group of 31 students taking an economics course designed for high school-level homeschoolers organized a dinner on June 17 in Chester, NJ attended by more than 200 people and the town mayor. Mayor Dennis Verbaro issued the following proclamation - believed to be the first of its kind in the nation - recognizing the value of homeschooling:

Whereas, the growing homeschool movement includes approximately two million students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, and

Whereas, our nation has a tremendous home school heritage; all of the founding fathers received their education at home. Famous Americans who were educated at home by their parents include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison, and

Whereas, home school families and their children have proven to be vital participants in our communities, serving in elected and appointed volunteer positions in many areas of government, the church and the community, and

Whereas, it has been observed and documented that home school children are having great success academically and socially, and

Whereas, the Home School Legal Defense Association advocates for tens of thousands of families on Capitol Hill, in state legislatures and in the media, and [is] defending and advancing the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children, and

Whereas, it is only fitting to recognize Michael P. Farris, Esq., chairman and general counsel of the HSLDA and President of Patrick Henry College, as one of the leading pro-family activists in our nation, and

Whereas, for parents who home school, it is not a job but a way of life. Home school parents assume direct responsibility for educating their children and preparing them for society. They invest time and financial resources, spending their own money rather than taxpayer funds, and

Whereas, Andy Schlafly, Chester attorney, invests his time in teaching high school age home school students, motivating them to think, learn, grow and achieve, and

Whereas, the thirty-one students of Mr. Schlafly's economics class took their studies and their teacher's challenge seriously enough to host an event, arranging the location, catering, service ticket ad sales and Mr. Farris as guest speaker, demonstrating both ability and commitment...

Now, therefore, be it resolved, I, Dennis Verbaro, Mayor of the Borough of Chester do hereby proclaim and acknowledge that home schooling is an effective means by which our children can not only receive a quality education but further receive instruction in our traditional values.

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