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Home Education Month in Virginia

Home Education Month in Virginia

Why is February Home Education Month?

In 2013, Senate Education Committee Chairman Senator Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield) introduced a joint resolution proclaiming the month of February “Home Education Month in Virginia.” 

The joint resolution passed without opposition.

Senate Joint Resolution No. 357

Senate Joint Resolution No. 357 states, “It is resolved by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, that the General Assembly designate February, in 2013 and in each succeeding year, as Home Education Month in Virginia.”

WHEREAS, parents throughout the Commonwealth desire for their children to receive the best education possible; and
WHEREAS, in the early days of the Commonwealth, home education was the main form of education, with many of the nation’s founding fathers receiving the majority of their education at home; and

WHEREAS, today, many parents choose to educate their children at home for a variety of reasons; and

WHEREAS, home education provides parents with the opportunity to instill desired values in their children and develop positive character traits; and

WHEREAS, parents have the final authority and responsibility for the choice of education for their children; and
WHEREAS, designating a month to recognize home education will allow parents, students, and others to learn about this educational option; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly designate February, in 2013 and in each succeeding year, as Home Education Month in Virginia; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit a copy of this resolution to Anne Miller, president of the board of directors of the Home Educators Association of Virginia, so that members of the Home Educators Association of Virginia may be apprised of the sense of the General Assembly of Virginia in this matter; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Clerk of the Senate post the designation of this month on the General Assembly’s website.

HEAV’S Thirty Years of Service Recognized

That same day, in a surprise move, Senator Martin’s office not only drafted the resolution for “Home Education Month in Virginia,” but also drafted and introduced a joint resolution recognizing HEAV’s Thirtieth Anniversary!

Senate Joint Resolution No. 365 commends HEAV for 30 years of service to Virginia’s homeschooling families. His resolution recognizes the growth of home instruction and milestones in HEAV’s history—from a small group of homeschooling mothers who organized to lobby in the General Assembly, to a statewide organization that responds to hundreds of thousands of phone calls and emails each year and hosts an annual conference with more than 12,000 attendees.

You may read the entire Senate Joint Resolution No. 365 here.

We are deeply grateful to Senator Martin for his recognition of these major milestones in the history of HEAV.  

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