Proclamation on A Day to Recognize Home Schooling in Arkansas

WHEREAS: The State of Arkansas officially recognized home schooling as a form of nonpublic education with the passage of Act 40 of 1985; 
WHEREAS: There were 30,205 home schooled students in the state during the 2021-2022 school year; 
WHEREAS: It is the right and responsibility of every family in Arkansas to direct the education of their children; 
WHEREAS: Every child has unique abilities and challenges that impact how he or she learns, and every child has unique interests, passions, and goals for his or her future as an adult; 
WHEREAS: Home schooling empowers families to direct the education of their children by choosing the best educational environment available; 
WHEREAS: There are multiple methods available to teach children, and home schooling as a system has profound flexibility in how education is delivered, as the system can be customized and individualized to the student; 
WHEREAS: The freedom of educational choice leads to better outcomes for all students;
WHEREAS: Better outcomes for students leads to a more responsible citizenry, successful workforce, and strong economy for the state; and
WHEREAS: February 21, 2023, is an appropriate day to recognize home schooling;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim February 21st, 2023, as


And urge the citizens of the state to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
           IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 17th day of February, in the year of our Lord 2023.