Heritage Communications of West Virginia.
John Carey – President
For 18 years, I have been serving Christian, legal, educational, and religious organizations at the West Virginia State Capitol. I have represented Christian Home Educators of West Virginia from 1999 to the present. Over the years, I have also represented the West Virginia Family Policy Council, West Virginians for Life, and the West Virginia Values Coalition, among others.
My work has enabled me to serve several evangelical denominations, such as the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, and legal firms, such as the Home School Legal Defense Association.
My efforts have advanced nine individual pieces of legislation through both the House and Senate. Five of these the Governor signed into law. One bill required the legislature to overriding the Governor's veto. I led a three-year effort which resulted in the first major restriction on abortion in the Mountain State in over 40 years, the Fetal Pain Bill.
I was awarded the West Virginia Family Policy Council’s Family Champion Award in 2014.
The Lord has taught me to, “Keep In step with His Spirit,” as I seek to, “Work together with Him,” in all that He has called for me to do at the State Capitol. He has also provided many wise like-minded friends in and out of government who have helped to guide and shape these efforts.
My Family – My Team!
My wife Edie and I have graduated four homeschooled children. Our entire family has worked as a team over the years supporting the passage of legislation by lobbying legislators, editing articles, updating webpages, and monitoring over 2000 pieces of legislation each regular legislative session. This has certainly been a family affair.
HSLDA and CHEWV - Working in Tandem.
Guided by the legal expertise and advice of Home School Legal Defense Association, Christian Home Educators of West Virginia has served as the catalyst to protect and advance freedoms for over two decades.
Hundreds of families from every county and region of West Virginia have mobilized to advance home schooling freedoms through the efforts of over 20 regional home school support groups located throughout the state. Families have been highly effective at making their legislators aware of their concerns, resulting in the advancement of religious freedom and parental rights.
Legislation in this column is from the 2017 Regular Session
HB435 and HB2650 usurp the rights of parents and children to seek counseling that conforms to their values. These bills violate First Amendment protections of free speech and freedom of religion.
HB 2702 and SB 528 Equates Home Schooling with Child Abuse.
SB273 and 2689 are bills that establiish Educational Savings Account Programs.
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SB24 and HB 2094 are bills that provide tax credits for home school and private school expenses.
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