Yesterday evening, June 20, 2019, Drake Pardo (4) was illegally removed from his parents and two siblings based on claims by Child Protective Services (CPS) that there was an “emergency” which required immediate removal from [...]
About Jeremy NewmanJeremy Newman became Director of Public Policy for THSC in Fall 2013. Jeremy is a home school graduate and has been involved in home schooling from an early age when his family moved to Texas from California. The third of six children, Jeremy now lives with his wife, Addi, and son, Wyatt, in Dallas where he teaches Lincoln-Douglas debates in the NCFCA, a national home school speech and debate league.
In past legislative sessions, THSC has fought tooth and nail to pass reforms for homeschoolers and Texas families. This year, the powers that be promised that things would be better. Instead, [...]
The deadline to file legislation has passed. Despite the big talk from the Texas media and advocacy groups, no bills coming after homeschoolers were filed.
Do we still believe that families know best and should be able to make their own decisions?
The 3rd Court of Appeals released a ruling in THSC’s lawsuit against the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC), ending THSC’s nearly five-year-long battle with the abusive agency. Although the court seemed to split the proverbial baby, procedurally, it ultimately handed THSC and other Texas nonprofits a win.
THSC has written several times this year about improvements being made to the Child Protective Services (CPS) system to protect the due process rights of Texas families. However, families are still able to be forced into CPS without due process being followed.
2013 Regular Legislative Year in Review During the spring 2013 legislative year, the THSC Watchmen sifted through 9,721 pieces of legislation and tracked over 125 bills—about 100 more bills than the previous session—so that you [...]
Homeschoolers have often been at odds with the CPS system. Now, CPS is working with THSC to protect families. THSC attended a workgroup meeting in Austin to discuss procedural changes for the CPS system to help protect Texas families from abuse in the legal process.
A task-force report from the Children’s Commission agrees with THSC and recommends abolishing the current procedures for CPS parental rights termination cases. These procedures are slanted in favor of CPS; abolishing these would be a key safeguard for Texas families.