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Governor's Proclamation of Home Education Week

The following is a verbatim transcript of the Proclamation issued by Governor Weld on April 17, 1996. The following day, April 18, 1996, a very similar Proclamation was issued by the Senate of the Commonweath.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

A Proclamation

By His Excellency



WHEREAS: Children are the Commonwealth's greatest resource, requiring our protection and care; and

WHEREAS: Throughout its rich history, Massachusetts has been a leader in promoting quality education and encouraging family involvement and parental choice in their children's education; and

WHEREAS: Massachusetts recognizes the fundamental right of parents to direct the education of their children, and appropriately and statutorily authorizes home education as a legitimate and viable educational alternative; and

WHEREAS: Studies confirm that children who are educated at home exhibit self-confidence and good citizenship, and are fully prepared academically to meet the challenges of today's society; and

WHEREAS: It is appropriate that all Massachusetts citizens honor and commend home educating families for their contribution to the diversity and quality of education;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM F. WELD, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 21st through April 27th, 1996, to be


and urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.


Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this seventeenth day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-sx, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundredth and twentieth.

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