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Sponsors: Senators Courson and Knotts
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Introduced in the Senate on February 16, 2012
Introduced in the House on February 28, 2012
Adopted by the General Assembly on February 28, 2012
Summary: Home School Recognition Month
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/16/2012 Senate Introduced (Senate Journal-page 6) 2/16/2012 Senate Referred to Committee on Education (Senate Journal-page 6) 2/22/2012 Senate Recalled from Committee on Education (Senate Journal-page 4) 2/23/2012 Senate Adopted, sent to House (Senate Journal-page 47) 2/23/2012 Senate Roll call Ayes-25 Nays-3 (Senate Journal-page 47) 2/28/2012 House Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence (House Journal-page 8)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
February 22, 2012
S. Printed 2/22/12--S.
Read the first time February 16, 2012.
TO DECLARE MARCH 2012 AS "HOME SCHOOL RECOGNITION MONTH" IN SOUTH CAROLINA, TO RECOGNIZE THE DILIGENT EFFORTS OF HOME SCHOOLING PARENTS AND THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS OF THEIR STUDENTS, AND TO EXPRESS SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR THEIR FOCUS ON THE WELL-BEING AND OVERALL ACHIEVEMENTS OF THEIR CHILDREN.
Whereas, the State of South Carolina is committed to excellence in education and student achievement; and
Whereas, the State of South Carolina appropriately recognizes, by law, the right to home education as a legitimate and viable educational alternative; and
Whereas, the State of South Carolina recognizes the critical importance and fundamental right of parents to be actively involved in the direction of their children's education and character development; and
Whereas, South Carolina now has more children being educated at home schools than ever before in the history of our State; and
Whereas, home schooling can provide families the opportunity for their children to receive a sound academic education, which is reinforced by the at-home educational process; and
Whereas, studies confirm that children who are educated at home score exceptionally well on nationally normed achievement tests, exhibit self-confidence and good citizenship, and are fully prepared to meet the challenges of today's society; and
Whereas, teaching children at home was the predominant form of education for much of America's early years; and
Whereas, many notable Americans have been the product of home education, including George and Martha Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Douglas MacArthur, Pearl S. Buck, Franklin Roosevelt, Patrick Henry, John Marshall, Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, and Woodrow Wilson; and
Whereas, some parents of students who home school have accepted an additional financial responsibility to provide for their children's education, while at the same time paying taxes that support South Carolina's public school system; and
Whereas, some parent educators devote countless hours to helping their children attain academic excellence, a deep sense of patriotism, and civic responsibility, and prepare them to become productive citizens; and
Whereas, it is appropriate that South Carolina's home-educating families be recognized for their selfless contribution to the quality of education in this great State. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly do hereby declare March 2012 as "Home School Recognition Month" in South Carolina, to recognize the diligent efforts of home schooling parents and the academic success of their students, and to express sincere appreciation for their focus on the well-being and overall achievements of their children.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the members of the home school community.
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