Next year the Texas Legislature may look at regulating home schools to deal with the dropout rate as Bill White has suggested. They may once again try to expand daytime curfews that often target home school students. They will once again discuss the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act (TPRRA). How home schoolers and parental rights fare will be determined in large part by what happens at the polls next month.
While it appears more and more likely that Republicans will have significant gains in the U.S. Congress and may pick up a couple of seats in Texas, the result will not be determined by the current polls but by who actually votes. The same is true for the elections to the Texas Legislature. Last session the House Committee on Urban Affairs, which passed the bill to expand daytime curfews, contained four Democratic legislators from the Dallas/Fort Worth area that had defeated longtime home school supporters. They all ignored home school concerns and passed the bill out of committee. If we don’t elect more home school supporters in this election cycle, we can expect more of the same in opposing home schooling and parental rights.
Check for candidates in your area that have been endorsed by THSC PAC and work in their campaigns to help get them elected. Donate to THSC PAC so we can help these candidates and not only elect them but also show political observers that home schoolers are a force to be reckoned with. Our two major targets are Robert Miklos, who sponsored the daytime curfew extension bill, and Patrick Rose, who was the man behind SB 1440. We want to take these opponents of home schooling and parental rights out of office and send a message to the Texas Legislature. Thanks for anything you can do to help us in the battle for parental rights.