On March 17, CHAP participated in a hearing before the State House Education Committee. If passed, House Bill 1013 will improve Pennsylvania’s homeschool laws. The following gentlemen were our presenters and attached are their testimonies.
Bradley Bastedo, Esq. is the Vice Chairman of the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania. He is Senior Chief Deputy Public Defender of Bucks County , possesses a B.A. in history and Political Science from Upsala College and a J.D. from The Delaware Law School.
He also has the perspective of being elected to the Neshaminy School Board in 1981. In December of 1982 he was elected president of that Board at 27 years old. He also served on the Lower Bucks Vo-Tech Board and the Intermediate Board that encompasses all of Bucks County . In law school he taught a high school class on law and later supervised the program in a public high school in the inter city. Also, in law school he interned drafting legislation related to education and funds for drug education.
Bruce Eagleson, MD is a board certified emergency physician. He and his wife homeschooled their four children through high school. He is Chairman of the Board for both the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) as well as the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership (The Alliance). He is co-author with Dr. Brian Ray of the study “State Regulation of Homeschooling and Homeschoolers’ SAT Scores” in Academic Leadership: The Online Journal 6, no. 3 14 August 2008.
R. Davis Younts, Esq. received his Bachelors of Science degree in 1999 from Liberty University , his Juris Doctorate degree in 2002 from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters Degree in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air War College in 2010. Davis is a military veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the son of parents who were homeschooling pioneers in Pennsylvania and one of the families involved in HSLDA law suit that resulted in portions of Pennsylvania ‘s home education statute regarding home visits being declared unconstitutional in 1988. He grew up in Lancaster County as a homeschool student he and his wife educate their daughters at home.
Dewitt Black, Esq. received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1973 from Memphis State University School of Law and his Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979. He has been practicing law for 37 years. As Senior Counsel at HSLDA for the past 20 years, Dee is responsible for legal matters involving the Association’s members in 14 states. Dee and his wife, Ricci, have four children, all of whom were taught at home.
The weather prevented Dewitt Black from traveling from the DC area so Mark Moore read his testimony.
Mark Moore is a carpenter and a graduate of Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University ). He is a native born of Lancaster County married to Corie, a naturalized Filipina citizen. They homeschool 4 daughters, 2 of which are already college and MA graduates. They started homeschooling when they were missionaries in the Philippines .
The House Video Department recorded the hearing. We have attached a link that will allow you to watch the video. Please click HERE or You can go to the Caucus website and view the hearing found under “Video.” Just click on “Education Committee,” and then “March 17 public hearing.”
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