Opponents to current and proposed daytime curfews rallied recently in Dallas and Bedford. The Dallas City Council held a hearing two days later to consider adopting the curfew. Many home schoolers testified against the measure as ineffective and dangerous to the liberty of law abiding citizens. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a group known for their liberal leanings, is also heavily involved in the battle to stop or roll back daytime curfews.
In Bedford, opposition against the curfew seems to be growing, with a number of people declaring their candidacy for city council positions against incumbents who support the measure and who have even declared they would no longer respond to questions regarding the issue at city council meetings. The HEB school district, which requested the policy from cities in its district, has had trouble defending the numbers they have issued to tout the effectiveness of the curfews. See more on that at HEBdaytimecurfew.com.
Yesterday we learned that county commissioners in Bexar County (San Antonio) will consider adding a daytime curfew to their nighttime curfew. According to reports, students will be guilty if they are in public between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Get more information.
These curfews have been found to be ineffective; they don’t work and are “selectively” enforced, which means it is usually minority students who are targeted. Home school students often get caught by them because of their schedules, including teens out doing educational or work related things by themselves. See this article in the Houston Chronicle for a good description of what is happening in Houston with that city’s daytime curfew.
Home schoolers and others who take action at the local level are often successful in defeating these proposals, but if no one opposed these curfews, they are adopted, and the consequences are long term. Now is the time for action to defend your freedom at the local level!