Each legislative session, Texas Home School Coalition sends the best and brightest Texas homeschool graduates to Austin for five months to advocate for Texas families. The graduates accepted into the internship are not paid a dime. Rather, they volunteer their time to fight for you.
This coming legislative session will be the fourth time that a THSC Watchmen team has gone to Austin. They have become well-known in the Texas homeschool community. Have you ever wondered what the THSC Watchmen do every day during their internship? Here is a sneak peek at a day in the life of the THSC Watchmen.
After a long weekend of catching up on sleep and exploring the city of Austin, the THSC Watchmen are refreshed and ready to hit the ground running. By 8 a.m., they are getting ready for the day, putting suits on and heading out the door of their North Austin apartment.
The THSC legislative team’s offices in East Austin are where the majority of analysis and daily work occurs. The team typically spends the first part of the morning reading bills that have been filed by state senators and representatives to ensure that there are no hidden provisions which would threaten homeschoolers or Texas families.
Mid-Morning and Lunch
By mid-morning, the team will head downtown to the Texas Capitol. Here the THSC Watchmen will meet with legislative staffers, advocates from other organizations and sometimes even with legislators themselves. These meetings will often address changes to legislative language and strategies for passing bills into law.
The team is hungry by noon and heads to Congress Avenue for lunch. Although there are numerous restaurants where the team could eat, Director of Public Policy Jeremy Newman will often persuade the team to eat at Chipotle (even though he is the only one not tired of eating there).
The team fights off the food coma after lunch and heads back to the Capitol to catch the tail end of debates on the Texas House floor before adjournment for committee hearings. When one of THSC’s bills is on the docket in committee, THSC will head to the committee hearing and help our invited witnesses find the committee room so they can testify.
These hearings can occasionally last until 1 or 2 a.m., but that is rare. The team is normally headed home by 6 p.m. after the committee hearings end. Sometimes the team will eat dinner together and take the evening to catch up on reading bills, playing games or exploring the city.
Well, there you have it! That’s an ordinary day in the life of the THSC Watchmen. Because we believe that raising children is a family’s God-given right and calling, the THSC Watchmen are standing guard at the Texas Capitol.
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