Posted on October 13, 2009 by hollycraw
spent the last 24 years as a homeschool dad and as a staunch defender of home education on many fronts.
HIs training as an attorney proved invaluable for the fledgling home education movement that began to grow at a phenomenal rate in the 1980’s. In many states at the time, homeschooling was illegal or barely legal, with a great deal of red tape imposed on the families. Chris helped found Home School Legal Defense Association
, was its first full-time employee, first executive director, and first full-time attorney.
Through the tireless work of Chris and HSLDA, homeschooling laws have been vastly improved in most states, and families have felt encouraged to pursue safely this cutting edge form of education.
With seven children of their own, Chris and his wife Tracy knew firsthand the many benefits of home educating their family, and the importance of fighting to keep state laws simple and homeschool friendly. Chris traveled extensively across the United States and throughout the world to speak at conferences, to lobby for positive legislation, and to defend those who were being prosecuted for exercising their rights to teach their own children.
Chris had been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 15 years, and passed away on October 12, 2009. He had most lately been Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel and Director of State and International Relations. His condition worsened last week while at a homeschool conference in Colorado. 
Homeschooling families around the world owe a great tribute to Chris for his pioneering work in creating an environment in which homeschooling could flourish. We will greatly feel the loss, but the next generations will continue to tremendously benefit from all his dedication and hard work.
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