1600 Bills Later…

Ben Snodgrass

Having reviewed over 1600 bills currently in the Texas legislature, the THSC Watchmen are vigilantly working to protect your rights to parent and to educate your children at home.

Two weeks ago THSC President Tim Lambert flew to Austin and met with several representatives about authoring our Parental Rights bill and our UIL bill. We obtained an author for our UIL legislation, and our team continues to make significant progress toward securing an author for our Parental Rights bill.

This week the THSC Watchmen met with a staff member of a Representative who is considering legislation to regulate “diploma mills” that sell high school diplomas online for a small fee. Although THSC opposes the existence of these diploma mills, regulations of such institutions could have the unintended consequence of curtailing the freedom to educate children at home.

In our conversation, the staff member expressed genuine concern that the proposed legislation not adversely affect home schoolers. We will continue to work with this particular office to ensure that his legislation will not negatively affect the freedom to home school.

Our team also is working with two different representatives to file a bill that would allow home school students to enroll in the state online virtual school network as full-time students.

The THSC Watchmen are tracking 18 pieces of legislation which pertain to subjects such as parental rights, school choice, and parent-taught driver education. Two of the proposed pieces of legislation would abridge parental rights by allowing grandparents to obtain visitation rights to their grandchildren against the desires of parents.

On January 29 THSC Watchmen Nathan Exley and Jeremy Newman visited with families in Caldwell about what Texas’ 83rd legislative session holds for home schoolers. The meeting was the third and final community meeting that the Brazos Valley Rhetoric Club hosted to political awareness and involvement in the Brazos Valley home school community.

Nathan Exley also spoke to the 200 home school competitors at the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) Speech and Debate Tournament in Houston, where he encouraged them to actively protect the form of education that makes the NCFCA possible.

On February 9th THSC’s Watchmen will speak to approximately 325 competitors and parents at NCFCA’s Austin Tournament as well.

You and your friends are welcome to judge at the Austin tournament on February 7-9. Your input will actively assist home school students to become better communicators. You will also have a chance to meet the THSC Watchmen. For more information see here.

Ben Snodgrass – has written 4 posts on this site.
We want to welcome Ben Snodgrass. Ben is a 20-year-old junior at Patrick Henry College where he is working to obtain a degree in government with an emphasis in economics. While he was still in high school, Ben served as a part-time intern at the Liberty Institute and at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In his free time, he competes in British Parliamentary debate, plays his violin, reads the classics, and memorizes Scripture.

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