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2/10/2006 12:21:18 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington--Homeschool Resolution Passes!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 10, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Yesterday, the Washington House of Representatives passed a resolution
strongly favoring homeschooling. The purpose of this resolution,
according to the official summary, was to "honor families who are
teaching their children at home and thank them for their dedication to

The resolution acknowledged the critical importance of parental
involvement in a child's education and character development. H.R.
4676 also pointed out that children who are educated at home score
exceptionally well on nationally normed achievement tests.
Additionally, the resolution mentioned several notable Americans who
were taught at home. Below is the text of the resolution.

WHEREAS, The State of Washington recognizes home education as a
valuable educational alternative; and
WHEREAS, The importance of parental involvement in children's
education and character development is critical; and
WHEREAS, Homeschools offer families the opportunity for their
children to receive an education that couples high standards with a
sound environment based on individual family desires; and
WHEREAS, More than sixteen thousand Washington children are
currently being home educated; and
WHEREAS, Studies confirm that children who are educated at home
score exceptionally well on nationally normed achievement tests and
are well-prepared to meet the challenges of today's society; and
WHEREAS, Home education was one of the only means of education
for much of America's early history; and
WHEREAS, Many notable Americans, including George and Martha
Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Chief
Seattle, Thomas Edison, Sacajawea, Helen Keller, Douglas MacArthur,
Geronimo, Pearl S. Buck, Franklin Roosevelt, Patrick Henry, John
Marshall, Abraham Lincoln, and Woodrow Wilson were primarily educated
at home; and
WHEREAS, Washington state recognizes home educators for their
continued commitment to the diversity and quality of education in our
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives
of the State of Washington hereby honor, thank, and celebrate the
home-educating families in Washington state.

You may find this language at the following link:


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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