Virtual Town Hall: Lt. Gov. Candidate Dan Patrick and Tim Lambert What Hangs in the Balance – Discussion Link Posted!

On April 9 THSC hosted a virtual town hall meeting where THSC President Tim Lambert and candidate for lieutenant governor Dan Patrick discussed many important issues relating to the May 27 Runoffs, the support that THSC needs from Texas home schoolers in order to win this fight for parental rights and traditional values, details about the Tutt case and how to prevent a similar situation in the future, and the importance of the THSC Rangers program.

We had several people from all across the state call and write in to ask questions that were answered by our guest speakers. If you weren’t able to listen in on Wednesday evening, we recorded the discussion so you can listen to it online, and we encourage you to do so! Listen to the recording below.

THSC is working tirelessly to protect the right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children, and we need your help to overcome the opposition in the 2014 Runoffs. Please listen in to learn what you can do to help defend the right to home school in Texas! Remember to come out and vote in the May 27 Runoff elections!

Virtual Runoff Townhall

If you missed the live townhall you can listen to it now.

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  1. Julie says

    Isaac, so glad to see you writing here. I can’t seem to link to the audio of this. Could you link in a reply? I am especially interested in what Sen Patrick said regarding a parent’s right to choose UIL participation for his/her privately educated student. Last session Sen Ken Paxton and Sen Donna Campbell authored the Tebow Bill to give this right to home educators but specifically excluded this parental right for other private school parents. Many veteran home school parents were concerned about the distinction in the bill because of the way it differentiated the two. This is concerning because as you may know Home Schooling was declared legal in the Leper Case when a home school was declared a private school. Last year I asked why the THSC supported the distinction and was told “it won’t pass without it.” It would be really good going into next session to have some transparency about why anyone would want to limit any individual student from UIL opportunity. The transparency would tell us much about the special interest groups with whom Senators Patrick, Paxton and Campbell have worked in the past in addressing this parental rights issue and with whom they might compromise over the best interests of home educators in this state. Since last session parental rights has become an even greater concern to home educators because of the Tutt Case. While I am appreciative of the THSC’s involvement in that case, I am very disappointed in THSC’s strong support for these candidates without some transparency with respect to the discriminatory compromise on the Tebow Bill. Can we not all get on the same page for the push to allow all parents in a given district the same UIL opportunity? If not, why? Who doesn’t want it and why? Is transparency not important during the run off campaign?

    • Isaac Sommers says

      Sure! Here’s the link:

      Great question! THSC definitely supports all parents having the choice to place their children in UIL activities, whether home schooled or private schooled, and we will continue to push for that equality. (Senator Dan Patrick, who is running for Lieutenant Governor, has himself worked on and authored several pieces of legislation that would allow all private schools to participate.) However, due to opposition from others in the legislative arena, it’s not as easy to pass similar bills for private schools as it is for home schoolers, despite the ruling in Leper. Even though the law may change, trying to get around the *mindset* that many people have is often a challenge in and of itself. The Tim Tebow bill does not in any way preclude traditional private schoolers from participating in UIL activities at the benefit of home schoolers, but is instead one step on the path to equality for all students. Once the Tim Tebow bill is firmly in place, it will likely be easier for THSC and other legislators like Senators Paxton and Campbell to push for similar bills for private school students. There’s obviously discrimination going on in the current system against home schoolers and private schoolers, and in this instance, it’s more practical when looking at the big picture to fight that discrimination one step at at time. Step #1 is the Tim Tebow bill. Off the top of my head, I don’t know which Texas legislators have voted against private school UIL legislation, but you could certainly look up Senator Patrick’s authored bills on the topic and see who voted against them. I hope that answers your question!