2015 Homeschool Day at the Capitol
AFHE’s Homeschool Day at the Capitol is held every couple of years. Please enjoy this photo slideshow from 2015 along with a recap of the event below. Information about the next Capitol Day will be posted here so be sure to check back and sign up for the AFHE Email List to be kept up to date about this and other AFHE events and homeschool news.
Monday, March 2 started off as a very stormy day, which compelled us to relocate our event to an indoor venue. City of Grace Church’s downtown campus, conveniently located just 1.5 miles from the Capitol, was the perfect alternate to the Capitol lawn. In spite of the rainy weather, over 350 homeschool parents, children, and teens came together to celebrate the freedom we enjoy to educate our children at home with the least restrictive regulations possible here in Arizona.
MELOS Homeschool Chorus, directed by Samuel Stefanski, performed and the Color Guard was presented by homeschooled students from Boy Scout Troop / Pack 7. Governor Doug Ducey was greeted by a cheering crowd. He spoke of his support and appreciation for Arizona’s homeschool community and issued a Homeschool Week Proclamation. We were also blessed to hear from Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County School Superintendent, Senator Kimberly Yee, Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Heather Haupt, AFHE Board Member, Tom Lewis, AFHE Legislative Liaison, and Scott Hinkle, homeschool dad and founder of We Make History. Each praised the benefits of home education and offered encouragement to the gathered families.
Governor Doug Ducey
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