Where would we be without Texans to stand in the gap for families? Without fail, every legislative session there is at least one bill filed in the Texas legislature that would negatively impact the rights of Texas families—sometimes so severely that it’s hard to believe that it could be brought to a vote in the first place.
- In 2013, that bill was SB 768, which would have allowed Child Protective Services (CPS) to remove children from their families based on convictions under foreign law. Fortunately, the THSC Watchmen successfully defeated this bill.
- In 2015, that bill was SB 359, which would have allowed hospitals to forcibly detain children against their wills and against the wills of their parents. The THSC Watchmen ultimately defeated this bill by obtaining a veto from the governor.
- In 2017, that bill (perhaps the most egregious bill of all) was HB 1549, which would have allowed CPS to conduct monthly, in-home visits to families that CPS believed to be “at risk” of committing abuse or neglect at some point in the future. The THSC Watchmen worked throughout the session to get these dangerous provisions removed from the bill.
- In 2019, that bill was HB 575, which would have made it easier for estranged in-laws to obtain access to and possession of a parent’s children over the parent’s objections. At the committee hearing for HB 575, THSC brought over 150 witnesses who registered their opposition to the bill, which later failed.
If it weren’t for the hard work and diligence of the THSC Watchmen, these bills might have passed.
Who are the THSC Watchmen?
The THSC Watchmen are a team of homeschool graduates who serve as legislative analysts and lobbyists for Texas’ homeschool families. Every single legislative session, the THSC Watchmen work tirelessly to protect the rights of homeschool families.
The THSC Watchmen program allows homeschool graduates to gain real-life experience and develop critical thinking skills while protecting the freedoms of Texas families to educate their children the way they see fit.
In addition to protecting the rights of homeschooling families, serving on the THSC Watchmen team allows homeschool graduates to:
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Practice professional writing
- Gain invaluable job experience
- Learn to organize and strategize
- Apply their skills to real-life situations
Want to be on the next THSC Watchmen team?
THSC is currently recruiting applicants to serve on the THSC Watchmen team during the 2021 Texas legislative session. Applications are open from now until July 31, 2020. To find out more about the program or to request an application, visit THSC.org/Watchmen today and join THSC in Keeping Texas Families Free!
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