The REVIEW - November 2013 - page 22

THSC also steps up to help members when public administrative
hurdles are thrown in their way. One such situation arises when
members’Social Security benefits are denied based upon their schooling
status. Recently, when a home school student’s Social Security benefits
were dropped for a second time, the family contacted THSC requesting
help. President Tim Lambert, who helped get this member’s benefits
reinstated after the first cancellation, quickly responded with a letter to
the Social Security Administration in support of the student. The stu-
dent’s benefits have again been reinstated.
THSC works throughout the year to serve the home schooling community
of Texas by addressing immediate needs. They also examine the potential
threats of proposed legislation or of those running for political office who
would use their office to infringe upon the home school and parental
rights and freedoms of Texas home schoolers.
This past legislative session THSC continued to work diligently to pass the
Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act. Although the Association was not
successful, it was encouraging that it made greater progress in the
effort than ever before. In fact, the chief lobbyist for the Texas Family Law
Foundation (TFLF), who has steadfastly and aggressively opposed THSC’s
efforts in the area of parental rights, complained that they have had to
spend time and money for three sessions now to oppose them. The TFLF
even tried to pass legislation to make every fit parent in Texas susceptible
to lawsuits by any grandparent to sue for possession of their children.
By God’s grace THSC was successful in killing that attempt to undermine
parental rights in Texas. At the same time, the Association made more
progress than ever before in changing the law to allow home schoolers
to take part in extracurricular activities in public schools.
THSC Association will raise both of these issues in the next regular session
in 2015. They will also spend a great deal of time and effort looking at the
upcoming 2014 elections in order to keep members informed of voting
records; they will also report on the opinions voiced by elected officials
as those opinions relate to home schooling and keep members aware of
any potential threats to parental rights as they arise.
There are so many avenues by which parents’ freedoms can now be
changed, limited, or taken away. Freedom-loving parents must always
be aware that each parent must make his or her voice heard in order to
maintain those freedoms. THSC Association exists to assist those who
need someone to help them defend their right to direct the care, control,
and upbringing of their children. That right includes being able to
privately school their children at home, if that is their choice.
Texas parents must never take for granted that they have a choice,
because many do not. In other states or in other countries around the
world, home schooling is often heavily regulated—or completely illegal.
An example of this is the recent case of the German home schooling
family that has appealed to the United States for asylum. The fate of these
two fit parents and their children has yet to be determined, but if they are
returned to Germany, they will be forced to stop home schooling their
children. If they do not stop, they could face the possibility of losing
custody of their children and even being incarcerated. The threats to
home schooling are very real in this day and age, and it is for times such
as these that the Texas Home School Coalition exists—so that no one will
ever have to stand alone, so that Texas’ people will have a voice.
The primary elections are only a fewmonths away, and several statewide
positions will be on the ballot—including Texas governor, lieutenant
governor, attorney general, andmore. As usual, Texas home schoolers will
be active in these campaigns and will play a critical role in electing not
only Texas’ statewide officials but also state legislators and local offi-
cials such as district judges, county commissioners, constables, etc. There
is a direct correlation between the amount of effort that home schoolers
put into these elections and the amount of sway they ultimately have
in their communities and the success of home school legislation in following
legislative sessions. The most obvious reason is that home school-friendly
candidates who share the home school value system are more likely to
be elected. But a less apparent reason is that opposing candidates who
narrowly win or lose are very likely to take notice and will realize that
without the support of the home school community, their chances
of being elected or reelected are lowered. Over time, many candidates
have realized this fact and have changed their positions to be favorable
to home school and parental rights. In fact, almost all candidates today will
at least pay lip service to home education. That is why it is critical that THSC
vets candidates, researching their voting records and their policies—to
separate the wheat from the chaff. Home school families can play a role
in this important part of the governmental process by volunteering with
THSC to help vet candidates (Contact THSC at
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or by volunteering in local campaigns.
Administrative Hurdles
Legislative Agendas
Elections and Good Citizenship
Another issue THSC addressed this quarter came from a home school
student and THSC member who applied to the University of North Texas.
His application brought to light the university’s discriminatory policy
against home schoolers. The policy treats all home schoolers, regardless of
their ability, as though they are equivalent to the 51st – 75th percentile of
their peers in accredited public high schools. This standard unfairly biases
the admissions system toward public school students, without regard
to demonstrated ability or test scores. Therefore, when the student was
informed that he would most likely be denied admission based on these
established percentiles, he contacted THSC. Tim Lambert responded by
writing a letter in support of the student and urging the school to take any
and all actions necessary to change the discriminatory and illegal policy.
Thankfully, after the university received Tim’s letter, they admitted this
home school student and apologized to him for the delay in doing so.
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