A Celebration of Homeschool Freedom in Arizona!

Arizona homeschool families enjoy one of the best homeschool laws in the nation, affording us the liberty to teach our children at home in ways that work best for each individual child.

Homeschool Day at the Capitol, hosted by AFHE every couple of years, is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the freedom we enjoy in directing our children’s education. It’s a great reminder of the importance of protecting the freedom we currently enjoy to  homeschool with the least restrictive regulations possible. Legislators and elected officials get the opportunity to interact with a growing constituency of families dedicated to their children’s well being and quality of education. What a beautiful testimony to the success of parent-led, privately funded home education!

This is a family event for parents and children of all ages, homeschool graduates, and grandparents, too! Attendees will enjoy a number of performances by homeschooled students, sing patriotic songs together, and hear several special guest speakers.

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Arizona State Capitol
House Lawn
1700 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Time and additional details coming soon. We’ve got some information started below for you.

WHAT TO BRING

This event will take place outdoors on the lawn in front of the House building. This is not a shady area. We encourage you to bring the following items to enhance your experience:

  • Camp chairs or blanket for you and your family to sit on
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Picnic lunch
  • Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy following the program, if you’d like. It’s a great opportunity to stay and fellowship with other homeschool families.

NOTE: If you bring an umbrella to protect you from the sun, please sit in the back to avoid blocking others from being able to see.

Do NOT bring:

  • Pets
  • Air horns
  • Weapons
WHAT TO WEAR

We encourage all attendees to dress in a modest, clean, appropriate manner. We will be representing home education and the homeschool community at the State Capitol as we interact with a number of legislators and elected officials while we are at the Capitol. We want to honor the men and women who serve at the Capitol with a respectful demeanor and attire. Business casual is a good approach.

RED, WHITE, & BLUE: You are welcome to wear patriotic colors for this fun celebration, if you like.

Please do not wear short shorts, midriff-revealing tops, or other clothing of that nature.

SAFETY

Please be aware that we will be in a downtown Phoenix location with busy streets surrounding the area where we’ll be. You are responsible for your children’s safety and well-being at Homeschool Day at the Capitol.

We have hosted this event at the State Capitol numerous times over the years and the Capitol has events on the lawn on a daily basis. We do not have reason to be concerned. However, we want to be wise, avoiding any issues that could potentially arise, and being mindful of our surroundings.

Parents should accompany their children to the restroom and to and from the parking lot.

As a group, we set the tone for our event. We expect to have a fun, safe morning enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather and our lovely State Capitol grounds.

Please check back. More details will be published here as they become available.

Governor Doug Ducey was elected on November 4, 2014 and was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, becoming Arizona’s 23rd Governor.
As governor, Ducey’s priorities are growing the economy, creating jobs, improving outcomes in K-12 education, and balancing the budget. A champion of limited government, economic development and Arizona businesses and families, Governor Ducey has pledged to work every day to ensure “Opportunity for All.”
Governor Ducey was born in Toledo, Ohio. He moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University’s business school, where he earned his bachelor of science in finance in 1986. Governor Ducey and his wife, Angela, live in Phoenix with their three sons, Jack, Joe and Sam.

GUEST SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS
In addition to Governor Ducey, we were blessed to have the following speakers and presenters address our group at Homeschool Day at the Capitol.
– Senator Kimberly Yee
– Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County School Superintendent
– Tom Lewis, AFHE Legislative Liaison
– Scott Hinkle, homeschool dad and founder of We Make History
– MELOS Homeschool Chorus, led by Samuel Stefanski

Opportunities at the Capitol

 

If you’d like to stop by the Capitol following AFHE’s Homeschool Day event or at another time, here are several opportunities you might want to take advantage of.

 

Self-Guided Tour of the Capitol Building Exhibits and Museum

Families can tour the Capitol building exhibits and Arizona Capitol Museum on your own between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. (Note, the north wings of the 2nd and 3rd floors are only accessible when on a reserved, guided tour.

Current Exhibits: http://www.azlibrary.gov/azcm/exhibits


Schedule a 45-Minute Guided-Tour

See the Capitol building on a 45-minute tour with a guide. Times available for Monday, Mach. 2, 2015 are 11:45 AM. and 1:15 PM (confirmation coming soon to verify these times). There are 60 slots for each of these times.

Register here: http://www.azlibrary.gov/museum/tourrequest.aspx


Tour the House and/or Senate Buildings

Tour the current House of Representatives and/or the Senate buildings by contacting your Representative or Senator for a tour. Contact your legislator: http://www.azleg.gov/alisStaticPages/HowToContactMember.asp

 

Sit in on House or Senate Proceedings

Sit in on the proceedings in the House or Senate following the Homeschool Day at the Capitol program. Check in with the security guard at each legislative session.
Schedule of proceedings: http://www.azleg.gov/ Under either Senate or House click on Weekly Schedule.

 

Get Involved in the Legislative Process

At the Capitol, you can register at the Request to Speak kiosk in the Senate or House of Representatives buildings. Once you are registered, Request to Speak is a system that allows citizens to use the Internet to submit their opinion on any bill pending in the Arizona Legislature. In addition, you can use the A.L.I.S. Tracking Website to follow the progress of bills through the Arizona Legislature.

 

QUESTIONS

homeschool@afhe.org