Category Archives: State

State Supreme Court Will Hear Barronelle Stutzman

Barronelle is heading to Olympia.

The Washington Supreme Court agreed Wednesday March 2 to hear the case of floral artist Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland.arlene's snip 2

Barronelle gained national attention when she asked a longtime customer and friend, Robert Ingersoll, to seek another floral artist to provide services for his same sex wedding to Curt Freed.  Barronelle cited her faith as her reason for not providing the service. Continue reading State Supreme Court Will Hear Barronelle Stutzman

Washington’s Homeschool Law Gives Parents a Choice

Washington’s strong homeschool law has been part of a national trend toward parents’ rejecting public schools and taking over their children’s education.

My husband Steve and I began homeschooling our three youngest children in 1992.

Nettie. Katy and me at the homeschool international fair in 1995
Nettie. Katy and me at the homeschool international fair in 1995

Although currently only 4 percent of children are home-schooled in the U.S., the number of primary school kids whose parents are choosing to forgo a “traditional” education is growing seven times faster than the number of kids enrolling in K-12 every year.

According to Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, the home education growth rate is 7 percent to 15 percent per year.

Washington’s homeschool law allows a parent to home-school if (s)he has either completed a full year of college, completed a course in home-based education, is supervised by a certified educator, or has approval from the local school district.  Parents are required to sign an annual declaration and file it with the local school district. Continue reading Washington’s Homeschool Law Gives Parents a Choice