The THSC Watchmen are a co-ed team of home school graduates who take up residence in Austin during the Texas legislative session. They serve alongside THSC as legislative watchdogs protecting and advancing parental rights and home school freedoms for Texas families.
Of the 10 THSC Watchmen alumni from 2013 and 2015, three have gone on to work with conservative, pro-family legislators, political candidates or think tanks; three are in or preparing for law school; and three are now on staff with THSC’s policy department. The THSC Watchmen program has been a rigorous training platform, launching alumni into positions of influence around the state and country.
Each day of the five-month session, THSC Watchmen will canvas legislative offices, negotiate language changes in bills, and solicit support or opposition on legislation that would potentially affect parental rights.
THSC is the only organization that works full-time in Austin during the session to protect the home schooling community.
For 2017 our legislative priorities are as follows:
- Kill bad legislation that would compromise the rights of Texas families
- Parent-Child Protection Act to protect innocent families from CPS intrusion
- Family Unity Act to restore parental rights and close loopholes hurting families
- Tim Tebow Bill to allow home school students to participate in UIL activities
In 2013, the THSC Watchmen found and stopped a bill that would have allowed CPS a huge advantage over families in court including allowing parents to lose their children based on convictions under foreign law.
In 2015, along with other advocates, the THSC Watchmen rallied to correct a grievous error in a 2,000-page bill that would have removed basic protections for families being prosecuted by CPS.
Your generous support of THSC Watchmen during the last session enabled us to:
- Identify and track 149 bills affecting parental rights
- Stop or help stop 15 bills that specifically threatened parental rights
- Successfully amend and fix eight bills that threatened parental rights
- Pass the Equal College Opportunity Act protecting home schoolers from discrimination by Texas State Colleges
Our success over the years has earned us a reputation in the Texas Capitol as an effective lobby team with a well-coordinated, gracious and principled approach, even on controversial issues.
Funding the THSC Watchmen
As is true for every great cause, the THSC Watchmen Program requires funding to achieve their mission. The 2017 THSC Watchman program and advocacy at the Capitol on behalf of Texas families will cost over $200,000. The first challenge for the THSC Watchmen team is to raise $20,000.
How You can Help
We still need $20,000 to fund THSC Watchmen.
- Your gift of $250 will help buy social and digital media outreach for one week.
- Your gift of $500 will provide one month of delivery of the e-newsletter and other information to Texas families.
- Your gift of $750 will purchase one month of room and board for one THSC Watchmen.
- Your gift of $1,500 will pay for one month of full lobby expenses for one THSC Watchmen.
Will you donate today to help the THSC Watchmen in Keeping Texas Families Free as they fight for your rights in Austin?