Sunday, January 25, 2009

Home education in Virginia celebrates 25 years

On Tuesday, January 27, during Virginia Home Education Week, the General Assembly will commend home schoolers on the occasion of the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Home schooling in the Commonwealth!

Representatives of Virginia's home schooling community will join legislators and state officials at the General Assembly to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the original legislation that codified the right of families in the Commonwealth to educate their children at home. A reception, jointly sponsored by the Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) and the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers (VaHomeschoolers), will be hosted by Delegate Bob Tata (Newport News, Chairman of the House Education Committee) and Senator Ed Houck (Fredericksburg, Chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee).

This event marks the passage of legislation in 1984, which made Virginia one of the first states to formally recognize the right of families to educate their children at home. HEAV was there in 1984 and, with the Lord's blessings, has tirelessly worked to protect our home schooling freedoms for the last 26 years. Every year since 1983, we have carefully reviewed thousands of bills and have had lobbyists at the Capitol monitoring each General Assembly session.

Today, home schooling is a recognized and respected educational option. Each year, thousands of Virginia families choose to home school, and our state is seen as a model of how parents and legislators can work together to shape effective policy that benefits our children and our future. The Lord has done a mighty work here in Virginia!

Home schoolers are invited to participate in the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration by joining us at noon in either the House or Senate gallery in the Capitol building. After the reading of the resolution, home schooling families in attendance will be recognized. Please plan on visiting your legislator's office to personally thank him or her for supporting home education prior to the beginning of the noon session. We look forward to having you join us for this milestone in home school freedom.

Even if you can't join us at the Capitol, we hope you'll take a few minutes at home to celebrate the blessings of these past twenty-five years, remember the history, and renew your vision. You may wish to read the "History of Homeschooling in Virginia" on our website and explore the other tidbits of history we have there.

Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) ... serving Virginia's home schooling community since 1983.

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