The 84th Legislative Session is in its last half and Texas families can be proud of their leaders.
In the 2015 Legislative Session, the Texas Home School Coalition has worked hard to promote several pieces of legislation that would greatly expand the freedoms of home schoolers and parents in Texas. The Watchmen, along with Texas families, celebrate several victories, and enjoy the race as every item on the agenda is progressing toward completion. However, we are not alone in our fight for victories this session. Several key Representatives and Senators champion home schooling and parental rights on the frontlines of the legislature. Though we cannot list everyone, here are a few of those men and women, what they have done for Texas families, and the bills they are leading.
Champions of Single Parents
Senator Donna Campbell, of San Antonio, and Rep. Cindy Burkett, of South Dallas, authored Senate Bill 414 and House Bill 524, the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act (TPRRA), which will close a loophole in the Grandparents Access Statute to protect single parents from lawsuit abuse. It is hard to overstate the level of needless suffering that has been caused by the absence of this bill in Texas law. For one example, see Heather Wyatt’s story. Senator Campbell and Representative Burkett have worked tirelessly to promote the TPRRA this session.
Monday, April 20, the Senate State Affairs Committee held a hearing on this bill, where Senator Campbell spoke in defense of single parents and against abuse in the judicial system. Many people–lawyers, parents, and children who have experienced first hand the problems of the current Grandparent Access Statute, as well as other concerned citizens who want to make their voices heard–came to testify for and support the bill. The bill had a hearing in the house on Wednesday, April 22, where supporters returned again to defend Texas parents.
Champions of Home School Students
Senator Donna Campbell is also the co-author of Senate Bill 2046, filed by Sen. Van Taylor, of North Dallas. This bill is commonly referred to as the Tim Tebow Bill, after the home school NFL star. Senator Taylor’s filing of this bill could expand parental choice by allowing home school students the opportunity to try out for UIL extracurricular activities through their local public school.
Champion of Home School Graduates
Senator Charles Perry, of Lubbock, is the author Senate Bill 1543, also called the Equal College Opportunities Bill (ECO). This bill is aimed at protecting home school students from discrimination in the college admissions process by preventing state colleges from requiring disproportionately high test scores from home school students as opposed to public school students, and by requiring that home school students be assigned the same class rank as other students with similar test scores.
This is an important piece of legislation for home school graduates who wish to attend a state college. Two weeks ago, the ECO bill was passed unanimously out of committee in the Senate and is expected to be set on the Senate calendar this week and sent to the House.
Two Ways to Support these Legislators
All of these Senators and Representatives have worked tirelessly to support these pieces of legislation that will expand and protect parents’ rights to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children, free from state interference and discrimination. Please consider taking a few moments to show your support:
- The next time you stop to pray, take a moment to say a prayer for these principled leaders and thank God for these men and women who have taken a stand to protect the rights of all Texas parents.
- Please consider sending a quick note of thanks for the defense of home school and parental freedoms. Below is the contact information and a sample note you can copy and paste in just a few seconds to email support.
Thank you for your time! Your support will encourage your legislator to continue Keeping Texas Families Free.
Senator Van Taylor’s office:
Contact Richard Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Representing Texas families, I wanted to send a quick note of thanks and support to Senator Taylor for his defense of home school and parental freedoms with Senate Bill 2046 to expand our freedoms.
Senator Donna Campbell’s office:
Contact Philip Hayes at email@example.com
Representing Texas families, I wanted to send a quick note of thanks and support to Sen. Donna Campbell for her defense of home school and parental freedoms by authoring SB 414 and SB 2046 to expand our freedoms.
Senator Charles Perry’s office:
Contact Shannon Harmon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Representing Texas families, I wanted to send a quick note of thanks and support to Senator Perry for his defense of home school and parental freedoms with SB 1543 to expand our freedoms.
Representative Cindy Burkett’s office:
Contact Carla Pelcastre at email@example.com
Representing Texas families, I wanted to send a quick note of thanks and support to Representative Burkett for her defense of home school and parental freedoms with HB 524 to expand our freedoms.