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.

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.


The Truth about Homeschooling in ArizonaSelf-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

The Truth about Homeschooling in ArizonaSchedule 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

The Truth about Homeschooling in ArizonaTour 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


The Truth about Homeschooling in ArizonaSit 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.


The Truth about Homeschooling in ArizonaGet 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.


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