2020 FHE Homeschool Day at the Capitol


 

 

Capitol Construction will begin March 2, 2018 and continue until the end of 2020

“Visitors will continue to
enter the Capitol through
the south carriage
& west public entrances.”

Click here for more details and map

 

 

 

 

New Name – Same Event

In the past this event was the
FHE Rally at the Capitol Rotunda


Tuesday, March 3, 2020
First Floor Capitol Rotunda
12:30 P.M.

 

 

Special Address by

James R. Mason
HSLDA Vice President of Litigation and Development

 

Jim is an attorney and litigator who has helped HSLDA win
a number of landmark cases establishing and protecting homeschool freedom.


Since joining HSLDA to lead the litigation team in 2001, Jim has represented homeschooling families in a wide range of challenging situations and has set precedents that have expanded freedom for the homeschool community. Under Jim’s leadership, HSLDA’s 4th Amendment litigation work has changed the way three states (North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico) approach social services investigations. In Wilson v. Russo, HSLDA won a $700,000 settlement for our client,
a single parent whose children were seized by a rogue child protective services investigator.

Jim was instrumental in litigating the 2008 California case Jonathan L., in which a state appellate court reversed its previous ruling that homeschooling was illegal. This put an end to years of controversy over the legal status of homeschooling in California and set a precedent that affects other states as well.

In addition to serving as HSLDA’s Vice President of Litigation and Development and penning many of the most popular articles in HSLDA’s Home School Court Report magazine, Jim serves as the president of ParentalRights.org.
Before coming to HSLDA, Jim represented numerous right-to-life groups in campaign finance cases and clerked for an appellate court in Oregon. He graduated with highest honors from Regent University School of Law in 1996.
Jim is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on active duty in Operation Desert Storm.

Jim and his wife Debbie live in Winchester, Virginia. They have seven children and one granddaughter.
The Masons have homeschooled all of their children: six have graduated and one is still being taught at home.
In his spare time, Jim is an avid birdwatcher, waffle connoisseur, and abstract art fan.

Music will be provided by Kay’s Studio, Sullivan, MO

Make Plans Now to Attend and Support Missouri Homeschooling!


See you there!
 

"How to Maximize Your Day at the Capitol"

  • Contact your Senator and/or Representative ahead of time to let them know you will be at the Capitol to attend the FHE Rally and that you would like to stop by his/her office for a short visit.   

(If you would like to bring cookies to your senator and representive, the legislators and staff appreciate the thoughtfulness!)                   

Legislator Look Up

** Note any appointments should be made so they will be completed before 12:00pm or will begin after 2:00pm to allow your family time to come and go from the Rally
 

You can also explore the Capitol on your own. Pick up a self-guided tour booklet from the Tour desk just off the Capitol Rotunda.
 

  • Visit the Missouri State Museum located on the first floor of the Capitol on either side of the Rotunda.
     
  • Consider Field Trip Extras There are many other sites to visit in Jefferson City. Here are a few:

 

 

 

  • The Supreme Court Building is located on High street across from the Capitol. Tours are available, but reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Supreme Court of Missouri at 573-751-4144

 

  • Missouri State Highway Patrol Safety Education Center and Museum is located at 1510 East Elm. Reservations are recommended and are required for groups of more than 10. Call 573 526-6149  to make reservations.


Reminders and Tips

  • Know your Missouri State Senator and/or Representative and their office number.     Legislator Look Up
     
  • Visit the FHE table for a “calling card” to leave with your Senator and/or Representative in the event you are unable to visit with them personally. Talking points will also be available.
     
  • Just a Reminder – Please be courteous! As you visit and move around on the Capitol, remember, this is a place of business. Also, the Senator’s and Reprensentatives’s offices are small. Please leave strollers out in the hall.
     
  • If you would like a copy of the Missouri Constitution or the 2016 General Assembly Roster visit the Secretary of State’s Office, State Capitol Room 208.
  • Parking


         Municipal Parking Garage at 200 Madison (southeast corner Madison & Capitol Ave.) Daily Parking Rate: $0.50/hr for first 2 hours, $1.00/hr thereafter, $6.00 max per day.     Parking Information Link

         Metered Parking  $0.25 – $0.50 per hour
Note: Be sure not to let your parking meter run out. They do give parking tickets! 
Downtown Jefferson City Map

  • Additional Reminders:

    The Rally will begin promptly at 12:30 pm and
    will conclude by 2:00 pm.

    Be sure to allow plenty of time to get parked
    and to the building.

    While they are making improvements to the outside of the building the circle drive around the Capitol building is blocked in the front and the back is only for dropping students off at the west entrance. This means parking is a little more limited and you may need to allow more time for walking to get to the Capitol. Be careful about the time limits on parking, they do give tickets.

    There is a security check at each entrance, so allow extra time to get into the building.

    At present, to get into the Capitol there are 3 entrances available. One at the West end of the building. One on the south side of the building. This entrance is the carriage entrance and you must enter at the west side of the carriage entrance. The last entrance is at the parking garage entrance at the east end of the Capitol building. You may not drive into the parking garage. It is only for the legislators, but you can enter on foot. 

See You There!