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|NUMBER 224||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||SEPTEMBER 2004|
|NJ Mayor Endorses 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.