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4/30/2003 12:43:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Legislature Establishes 'Home Education Week'

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April 30, 2003

Dear Colorado Members and Friends,

Due to the efforts of Representative Kevin Lundberg and Senator Bruce
Cairns, House Joint Resolution 03-1050 was passed in both the House
and Senate officially recognizing Home Education Week in
Colorado.(April 20-26). This is an exciting development that further
demonstrates the significant impact of homeschooling in Colorado.

Other legislators who joined as co-sponsors are:

HOUSE SPONSORSHIP
Cloer, Lee, May M., Schultheis, Wiens, Briggs, Brophy, Cadman, Clapp,
Crane, Decker, Fairbank, Fritz, Hall, Harvey, Hefley, Hoppe, King,
Mitchell, Rhodes, Rippy, Rose, Smith, Spence, Stafford, and Stengel

SENATE SPONSORSHIP
Arnold, Johnson S., Lamborn, and May R.

Here is the text of the resolution:

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 03-1050
CONCERNING THE RECOGNITION OF HOME EDUCATION WEEK IN COLORADO.

WHEREAS, The state of Colorado is committed to excellence in
education; and

WHEREAS, The state recognizes the importance of parental choices in
pursuit of educational excellence and the significance of family
involvement in education; and

WHEREAS, The state of Colorado recognizes the right of parents to
direct the education and upbringing of their children; and

WHEREAS, Home education is a part of our national heritage evidenced
in the formative years of home-educated Americans such as George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln,
Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abigail Adams, Patrick
Henry, John Jay, Booker T. Washington, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas
Edison, Mark Twain, and Ansel Adams; and

WHEREAS, Home education is the fastest growing educational
alternative in this country, and a growing number of parents in
Colorado have chosen to teach their children at home; and

WHEREAS, Recent studies have found that, on average, home-educated
students in grades 1 through 12 score between the 75th and 90th
percentile on nationally standardized tests; and

WHEREAS, Home-educated students captured 3 of the top 6 positions in
the last National Geography Bee, including 1st place; and

WHEREAS, Home-educated young men and women regularly serve as interns
and aides in the Colorado House of Representatives and Senate; and

WHEREAS, Home-educating parents ought to be commended for the
extraordinary sacrifice and commitment they bring to the education of
their children; and

WHEREAS, It is appropriate that Colorado home educators and home-
educated children be recognized for their contribution to the
diversity and quality of education in this great state; and

WHEREAS, Volunteer organizations such as Christian Home Educators of
Colorado, Concerned Parents of Colorado, and hundreds of home-
education support groups throughout the state provide a network of
support, resources, and encouragement to thousands of home-educating
families around the state; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-fourth
General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring
herein: That the General Assembly honors, thanks, and celebrates home
educators and the home-educated children of this state and recognizes
April 20-26, 2003, as Home Education Week in Colorado.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this Joint Resolution be sent
to Christian Home Educators of Colorado and Concerned Parents of
Colorado.


We are thankful to God for bringing home schoolers in Colorado this
far. I remember only 15 years ago, homeschoolers were fighting for
the right to simply exist in Colorado. God is good.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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