Legislative Battles Continue

THSC is in the process of rolling out our new website. We will combine the THSC PAC website and my blog there with the new website. I recently realized that some who subscribe to my blog on the PAC website may not have been receiving some of my recent blogs on legislative and legal issues because they were posted on the new website.

Please take a minute to look at the new THSC website here and subscribe to the newsletters that you might be interested in so that you can keep up with the battles that we are fighting on behalf of home schooling and parental rights in Texas.

You will see that home schoolers won a huge (although it might be temporary) victory last week in our battle for parental rights in regard to the grandparent access statute in Texas. SB 1148 would have dramatically increased the number of fit parents and children who are subjected to lawsuits by grandparents and at the same time would have reduced the level of evidence required in these lawsuits. Due to the thousands of calls to the Senate Jurisprudence Committee, the author pulled the bill from consideration just hours before the hearing.

While that is wonderful news, it does not fix the problem with the current law. Fixing the problem is something we are trying to do with the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act (SB 1194 & HB 2547), a bill that we are working hard to pass this session. Thanks for your prayers and support as we fight for parents and children in Texas!

Home School Discrimination

Fifteen years ago home schooling in Texas was clearly legal as a result of the Texas Supreme Court ruling in the Leeper decision. That decision clarified that home schools were private schools and therefore ended the prosecution of home schoolers that began in the 1980s for violation of the compulsory attendance laws.

However, following the Leeper decision, there was still discrimination against home school graduates by colleges and universities. Virtually every institution of higher education in Texas refused to acknowledge a home school graduate as a high school graduate and either required them to obtain a GED and/or meet higher SAT/ACT scores and other admission standards not required of public high school graduates. [Read more...]

Never Waste a Crisis

I did an interview yesterday with a Lubbock television station on the issue of home schooling related to the Newtown massacre last week. It was inevitable that this issue would be raised, as it always is in such situations by those who are opponents of home schooling. The reporter asked me about oversight of home schooling, because the young man who committed this atrocity was home schooled at some point by his mother, after she had disagreements with the school.

The reporter also asked if some parents home schooled “from the beginning” to avoid putting their children in school at all out of fear of this kind of violence. I told her that while most people don’t have a general fear of this kind of violence, one of the many reasons that parents choose to home school is to “provide a safer environment for children and youth, because of the physical violence, drugs and alcohol, psychological abuse, and improper and unhealthy sexuality associated with institutional schools.”  [Read more...]

The Spirit of Texas

As Christmas and the end of the year draw near, my family begins to ask me what I want for Christmas. I struggle with that because I am not really a gift kind of person. I do not think about that a lot. Being forced to contemplate that question, I realized what I really want is freedom for home school families in Texas and protection of the fundamental right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children. [Read more...]

Battle Against UN Treaty Successful!

UN Defeated!

UN Defeated!

The battle against efforts to erode the fundamental constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children continues. Today, the US Senate rejected the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by a vote of 61-38, which was just five votes short of the necessary two-thirds vote.

While a number of conservative and pro-family groups like the Heritage Foundation opposed the treaty, home schoolers seemed to get the “blame” or “credit,” depending on which side of the issue people were on. Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, said of opponents to the treaty, “I am frankly upset that they have succeeded in scaring the parents who home school their children all over this country.” [Read more...]

Taking a Stand

As I think about the general election returns, I am reminded of the election of 1980 when I was first fully involved and supporting Ronald Reagan. I distinctly remember thinking, as it became apparent that he would become the President of the United States of America, that all of our problems would now be resolved because he had been elected. [Read more...]

Election Consequences

Tomorrow is Election Day, and as is the case with every election, this one will have consequences for our state and our nation. This particular one may have more consequences than others in the past, as the choice of leadership at the national level could have grave consequences. However, as Christians we should be aware that we serve a mighty God who is in control and I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s exhortation that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and a sound mind. One of my favorite commentators posted an article that I thought was most appropriate for Christians as we face this election, and I encourage you to read it, 50,000 Feet Looking Down. [Read more...]

Justice vs Good Ole Boys

I have been a conservative Republican all my life, and I can count on one hand, with fingers left over, the number of times I have voted for a Democrat and even less that I have endorsed a Democratic candidate for elected office. The reason is that the majority of the time Democratic candidates do not hold conservative positions on the issues that I do. [Read more...]

Judicial Demeanor and Partiality

THSC PAC recently sent a letter to several thousand Republican voters in Milam County regarding the race for the 20th District Court and our endorsement of Hollis C. Lewis for that judicial seat. Local supporters are running newspaper ads in support of Hollis C. Lewis as well.

In the letter, signed by me as a former Republican National Committeeman for Texas, I laid out the reasons that THSC PAC chose to endorse the Democrat in this race. Additionally, we sent a letter to the home school families on our mailing list in Milam County, informing them of our endorsement of Hollis C. Lewis. [Read more...]

Judicial Elections are Critical

Two stories crossed my desk this week that reminded me of what is at stake in the upcoming election that is less than two weeks away. While many voters are focused on the presidential race, and perhaps rightly so, most Texas voters are now focused on various races that will ultimately determine the make-up of the Texas legislature. However, in Texas, we also elect our judges, and while those are usually the races with the lowest profiles, they can and do have a huge impact on families. [Read more...]