June 12, 2019
We recently gave a presentation on the history of the legal battle for homeschool freedom in Texas and the ongoing political battle to protect and expand that freedom. We also shared a video that summarizes the history and then went into details.

We explained the ways in which government at many levels has raised roadblocks to limit homeschooling freedom and options for families and how THSC has helped the families of Texas address and remove many of those arbitrary limitations.

This was all very normal discussion that we often have during these presentations. However, during the Q&A time a couple of ladies who had come in late asked some questions and we could tell by their tones and facial expressions that they were confused.

One asked, “Are you saying that homeschooling in Texas is completely unregulated by the state and you are fine with that?”

I replied slowly and distinctly, “Yes, that is what I’m saying and I am very happy with that.”

The follow-up question her friend raised was, “What if parents simply withdraw their children and do not educate them?” I explained that Texas compulsory attendance laws require school attendance and if families are not teaching their children they can be prosecuted for truancy, but there must be evidence that there is no education going on to justify such action.

We believe that parents have a God-given right to raise their children as they see fit and that the government should only interfere if there is evidence of abuse or neglect. As I’ve often written, there is an attempt to limit homeschooling by radical legislation that would require families to be approved to homeschool by government agents.

Families care more for their children than government agents do. The rights of families to direct the care, control and upbringing of their children must be protected if we are to continue to be able to make decisions for them that we believe are best, including homeschooling.

At THSC, we are committed to Keeping Texas Families Free!

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