from the HSLDA website: Governor Declares Home Education Week March 30-April 6 Good news! Governor Charlie Crist has declared March 30-April 6 to be Home Education Week in Florida! This is the second year in a row that Governor Crist has issued a homeschool proclamation. Governor Crist included in his declaration that: “WHEREAS, over two decades of studies indicate most children who are home educated exhibit self-confidence, good citizenship, exceptional academic test scores, higher than average college attendance and success and many have proven devotion to their country by faithfully serving in the armed forces of the United states;” and“WHEREAS, from the earliest days of our nation, there have been some prominent Americans who were home educated including George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Booker T. Washington, Helen Keller, and Sandra Day O’Connor.”This year’s proclamation also recognized various assets of homeschooling, including strengthening the family, parental involvement, character development, and educational opportunities that are available. Regina Hicks of Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) and Kendall Hicks of the Christian Home Educators of the Sunshine State (CHESS) contacted the governor’s office to secure this proclamation, making some additions from last year. We recommend all homeschoolers in Florida to widely distribute this proclamation and celebrate homeschooling during the designated week!