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6/5/2003 5:11:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--June 1-7 Declared Home Education Week

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June 5, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The week of June 1-7, 2003, has been declared to be "Home Education
Week" by Governor George E. Pataki in a resolution that was recently
adopted by the New York state legislature. The resolution recognized
that Loving Education At Home, Inc. (LEAH) is a grassroots
homeschooling support network that helps families statewide receive
encouragement and resources for educating and directing their
families. LEAH will be hosting the 19th Annual Statewide Convention
at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, on June 6-7, 2003.

The legislators also reaffirmed with this resolution that New York
recognizes the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing
and education of their children. It further states that homeschooling
is a legitimate and viable educational alternative. The resolution
gave tribute to all of the hard working parents who sacrifice of
themselves in order to provide good values and a great education to
their children through homeschooling.

Have a great Home Education Week!

For more information about the 19th Annual LEAH Home and Family
Conference, please contact LEAH at 315-637-4525, email
convention@leah.org, or visit http://www.leah.org .

The full text of the Home Education Week resolution is posted below.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor George E. Pataki to
proclaim the week of June 1-7, 2003, as Home Education Week in New
York State

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize the
return of homeschooling as an alternative choice to serve the pre-
college educational needs of the community with diligence and
compassionate commitment; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to memorialize
Governor George E. Pataki to proclaim the week of June 1-7, 2003, as
Home Education Week in New York State; and

WHEREAS, Loving Education At Home, Inc. (LEAH) is a grassroots
homeschooling support network that helps families statewide receive
encouragement and resources for educating and directing their
families; this group will host the 19th Annual Statewide Convention
at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, on June 6-7, 2003;
and

WHEREAS, Most children in the first two centuries of America's
history received their pre-college training at home; notable
Americans who were "homeschooled" included: George and Martha
Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams,
Thomas Alva Edison, Douglas MacArthur, Franklin Roosevelt, Patrick
Henry, John Marshall, Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson; and

WHEREAS, New York State recognizes the fundamental right and critical
importance of parents to direct the upbringing and choice of
education for their children; the State further recognizes
homeschooling as a legitimate and viable educational alternative; and

WHEREAS, Nearly 40,000 of an estimated 1 million homeschooled
American students were given the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills or the
Tests of Achievement and Proficiency, and their parents were asked to
complete a questionnaire about the homeschool experience; and

WHEREAS, This study concluded that homeschoolers test higher than
their counterparts at public and private schools, and the gap between
achievement examination scores widens between them each year after
homeschooled students reach the equivalent of the fifth grade; and

WHEREAS, Research has shown that homeschoolers on average do better
than the national average on standardized achievement tests for the
elementary and secondary grade levels; recently released statistics
demonstrate that homeschoolers tend to score above the national
average on both their SAT and ACT scores; and

WHEREAS, As studies consistently demonstrate, home educated high
school graduates offer an academically successful and socially
diverse background; homeschoolers' strong work ethic and high moral
values contribute to their success in college; and

WHEREAS, More and more colleges and universities are recognizing
their unique capabilities and circumstances; in light of the proven
success of home education at the elementary, secondary, and post-
secondary levels, the HSLDA recommends that colleges adopt specific,
written, homeschool admission policies; and

WHEREAS, LEAH portrays homeschoolers as having hard working parents
that sacrifice of themselves and usually survive on one income to
give good values and great education and attention to their children;
and

WHEREAS, The network of 150 local LEAH Chapters currently serves over
3,700 families; and

WHEREAS, Research demonstrates that homeschooling compares favorably
to both public and private/parochial education; the growing track
record of homeschool graduates also points to the bright future of
these children, and of our society, which will reap the benefits from
the years of these endeavors; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor George E. Pataki to proclaim the week of June 1-
7, 2003, as Home Education Week in New York State; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable George E. Pataki, Governor of the State
of New York, and Rich Stauter, President, LEAH.

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