August 14, 2018
Homeschool Families Impact Local Elections
A special election in the San Antonio area (Senate District 19) surprised some observers when a Republican candidate supported by THSC was the top vote-getter. Typically, special elections have very low turnout, and this is a runoff where the seat is historically a Democratic seat. But the opportunity to put a pro-homeschool senator into that seat is motivating voters.
In Lubbock, a Republican candidate for a County Court at Law died in a highway accident in July. Because of the timing of his death, the Texas Election Code says the Republican Party in Lubbock County replaces him on the ballot. So, 39 GOP precinct chairman in Lubbock interviewed five attorneys for the position and chose one who will become the next judge in Lubbock’s County Court at Law #3 (since no other candidate is running).
Homeschoolers who have been active in Lubbock County had a very real impact on choosing this upcoming judge—and you can be sure that she understands homeschooling and the right of families to raise their children.
Homeschool Freedom in Texas
When I talk to new homeschool families, most are extremely pleased that Texas is such a bastion of freedom for homeschoolers. I frequently have people tell me that they moved to Texas in part (or sometimes exclusively) because our state is so friendly to homeschoolers and does not restrict our right to teach our children at home (as do other states).
However, it has not always been that way. Years of hard work helping the public understand that homeschooling is a legitimate educational alternative that is highly successful and beneficial (to families and society) brought us to our freedom today. We actively spoke up in the political arena and in political parties to educate legislators and other public officials on the validity of home education.
Homeschoolers in Texas are known as a key political ally of conservative candidates and are critical in the successful coalition needed by many candidates to win office. We are often able to help put people into office that understand and support the God-given right of families to raise their children as they see fit.
Our great freedom to homeschool in Texas did not happen by accident. It was through the engagement of thousands of homeschoolers across this great state for many years to educate and elect public officials to help us in Keeping Texas Families Free.
Thank you for being part of our ongoing efforts to make sure that we don’t lose the great freedom that we enjoy in Texas! If you haven’t joined us yet, become a THSC member today.
August 7, 2018
Maintaining Open Options for Homeschoolers
In my 30+ years connected to the homeschool movement, I have regularly seen discrimination against homeschoolers. In fact, THSC deals with this issue on a daily basis. From college admissions to Social Security benefits, it is a regular occurrence.
Issues such as these keep us busy as we honor our mission to protect the right of families to direct the care, control and upbringing of their children without interference.
Discrimination Against Homeschoolers in Proposed Legislation
In 2017, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz proposed a bill that would have allowed private school and homeschool students access to tax-deferred education savings accounts for the purpose of K-12 expenses. However, Bernie Sanders explicitly discriminated against homeschoolers by removing them from the bill. I wrote a column at the time highlighting this blatant discrimination.
Cruz has reintroduced a plan to eliminate this artificial barrier that clearly treats homeschools differently from other private schools. We salute Cruz for his efforts to make these federal programs available to homeschool families and other private school students!
Fighting for Homeschoolers With Success
In 2003, THSC finally convinced the Texas legislature to end the discrimination against Texas homeschool graduates in college admissions. To this day, THSC intervenes on behalf of members whenever college admission is unfairly denied to a homeschool graduate or when Social Security benefits are withheld from a homeschool family.
We continue to work to ensure that these areas of discrimination are addressed whenever they appear so that families can be empowered to raise the next generation of leaders. It seems to be a never-ending process.
Some places (such as the United Kingdom) continue to move toward limiting the rights of homeschool families. In Texas, however, THSC is ever vigilant to make sure that freedom for families is expanded and protected.
We often read stories highlighting the tremendous success of homeschool families as a result of homeschooling. We believe that the best place for children is in a home with their loving families, and that homeschooling is the best education model.
Families simply want the best for their children. We will continue to protect and promote the God-given right of families to raise their children as they see fit. Your donation helps THSC continue to defend, protect and promote homeschooling and family freedoms in Texas.
Thank you for fighting with us in Keeping Texas Families Free!