THSC intervenes on behalf of approximately 200 homeschool families every year who face mistreatment from government agencies based on their decision to homeschool. Usually, these issues can be resolved by a letter to the government employee who misunderstands homeschooling law.
However, occasionally problems turn more serious than a mistaken bureaucrat behind a desk.
Public School in Texas Accused Homeschooling Family of Truancy
On November 14, 2018, THSC defended one of its member families in court on the charges of truancy, even though the family had followed proper procedures to withdraw their students from public school to homeschool.
It appeared from the beginning that the most likely explanation was a simple misunderstanding between the school and the court regarding whether proper procedure was followed. THSC responded by partnering with a local attorney (and homeschool father) in Austin to represent the member family at the hearing.
In 2018, THSC has seen a 600 percent increase in school officials trying to strong-arm families into complying with extra made-up rules for school withdrawal. One school even told a family they would have to make a visit to the local police station!
THSC has requested that the Texas Commissioner of Education address this mistreatment of homeschool families.
Great Outcome in Court for Homeschooling Family Accused of Truancy
The increase in public school withdrawal conflicts has come in the wake of several Texas-based media outlets calling for increased regulation of homeschooling, something for which the national media has also pushed heavily in 2018.
THSC took the truancy charges against our member family seriously, and we are pleased to report that following the hearing on November 14, all charges and fines were dropped against the family and the issue was completely resolved.
In 2018 alone, your support has enabled THSC to successfully intervene on behalf of 160 member families around the state who faced issues with the state or federal government over their homeschooling. These interventions covered issues from social security, child support and CPS to college admissions and problems with school districts.
So, headed into this coming Thanksgiving holiday, we are thankful for you and the support that you enable us to give homeschool families across the state of Texas.
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