††††††††††† Rep. Reilly offered the following resolution:
††††††††††† House Resolution No. 100.
††††††††††† A resolution to declare May 16, 2019, as Home Education Day in the state of Michigan.
††††††††††† Whereas, The state of Michigan is committed to excellence in education; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Michigan law affirms that it is the natural, fundamental right of parents and legal guardians to determine and direct the care, teaching, and education of their children; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Research demonstrates conclusively that educational alternatives and direct family participation improve academic performance; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Families engaged in home-based education are not dependent on public, tax-funded resources for their children's education, thus saving Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars annually; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Educating children at home was the predominant form of education during much of our nationís history; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Home education has a long history of success in our country, producing such notable Americans as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, John Quincy Adams, John Marshall, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Clara Barton, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Philip Sousa, and Tim Tebow among many others; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Michiganís home educated students are being equipped to be successful, informed, engaged, ethical, and productive citizens who enrich our society and contribute to the well-being of our state; and
††††††††††† Whereas, Michigan parents who home educate their children at their own expense are dedicating their time and talents to ensuring that their childís academic, spiritual, physical, psychological, social, and emotional needs are met, and are therefore to be commended for their extraordinary sacrifice and commitment; now, therefore, be it
††††††††††† Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare May 16, 2019, as Home Education Day in the state of Michigan. We call this observance to the attention of all our citizens; and be it further
††††††††††† Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Michigan Christian Homeschool Network organization with our highest esteem.