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For Immediate Release2015-03-16-press-release
AUSTIN, Texas, March, 16, 2015 – Thursday morning, more than 250 home school students and parents arrived at the Texas Capitol for the second THSC Capitol Days event of 2015. Students and families lobbied for Senate Bill 414, known as the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act, and visited every single senate and house office in an effort to explain the proposed bill to legislators.
This legislation would close a loophole in the Grandparents Access Statute in the Texas Family Code. The statute currently allows for in-laws to sue single parents for access to a child for an undefined period of time without having to prove the single parent is unfit. In many instances, the legal system is being abused and children are being wrongfully taken from single parents. THSC believes fit parents should be the one to determine who has access to their children.
The home school families in attendance at Capitol Days got three special surprises during the opening debriefing sessions. Three members of the Texas Senate, including Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, addressed the families about home schooling and home school participation in the Texas Legislature.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was welcomed with a standing ovation after he was introduced as one of Texas’ biggest political advocates of home schooling. He also took one of his well known selfies with the crowd at the request of one of the students.
Senator Donna Campbell, the author of the aforementioned bill, spoke to the attendees about how she became a senator and strongly encouraged home schoolers to follow her lead and take a stand for their beliefs.
Senator Don Huffines welcomed the home schoolers warmly to the Texas Capitol and spoke briefly about legislation that he was supporting and his experience as a Texas home school father.
The Texas Senate supports the efforts of the Texas Home School Coalition and home school families across the state. The students were well received by the senators and THSC believes it has the support to pass the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act during this legislative session. The fight continues to Keep Texas Families Free.
About THSC: Since 1986, THSC has served and informed parents and the home schooling community in Texas. THSC members and supporters are families who believe in their right to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children, and who assert that parents determine what is in the best interest of their own children. THSC is the recognized authority advocating for and defending home schooling and parental rights in Texas. For more information visit THSC.org.