Yesterday, the Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) held its annual Homeschool Day at the Capitol. Several hundred parents and students were in attendance for this event, which began with a visit of the Capitol and culminated with a rally on the west steps. Colorado’s unpredictable April weather happened to cooperate, as the bright blue skies and trees in full bloom made for a perfect setting for all the day’s activities, which included a costumed fife and drum corps parade around the perimeter of the State Capitol Building.
The concluding rally included several addresses delivered by homeschooling activists and legislators, as well as an update on Colorado’s ongoing legislative session. As the organization’s update attests, the CHEC is a stout advocate not only for home-based education, which is a key facet of Colorado’s education policy landscape, but also champions a whole range of issues crucial to the preservation of parental freedom and vital to education more broadly.
Events such as the Homeschool Day at the Capitol are essential not only in educating the broader public about homeschooling, but also in that they serve to expose state legislators to the needs and interests—and most importantly the faces—of the parents and students to whom educational freedom is of great importance.