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sorry not sure if this should be in activism or here but here goes
If it needs moving I understand
Just thought i would pass this along to everyone here.

Yesterday state Senator Gonzalo Barrientos of Austin filed SB 586.
This bill would require home-school families to register with the
commissioner of education in Austin by completing a form adopted by
the commissioner saying that the parent "accepts complete
responsibility for adequately teaching the child based on curriculum
designed to meet basic educational goals." They would only be
exempt from the compulsory attendance law if they filed this form.
Failure to do so would make them guilty of truancy.

THSC Association president Tim Lambert spoke with Senator
Barrientos' education aide about this bill. She said that the
senator's intent was to deal with the high number of dropouts and
the difficulty the state has in tracking those students. She also
said that it was an attempt to protect the "sanctity of home
schooling." She explained that many have said that they were
homeschooling when they were actually not teaching their children.
Mr. Lambert responded by saying that if there was evidence that a
student was not homeschooling, the school district has a legal
responsibility to prosecute him for thwarting compulsory attendance.
Therefore, this is an enforcement problem, not a legislative one.
Lambert expressed forcefully that home schoolers would NOT accept a
requirement to register with the state and that they see that as an
infringement on their freedom to homeschool. Mr. Lambert and the
aide agreed to continue their discussion on the issue, and they will
forward to THSC information for our response.

This bill has not yet been referred to committee, but in all
likelihood, it will go to the Senate Education Committee. Home
schoolers have several friends on that committee, and the prospects
for the bill passing are not good. We will carefully monitor this
bill and if and when it is scheduled for a hearing, we will ask
Texas home schoolers to call the members of the committee and the
author of the bill to express their opposition.

Texas has been free for homeschoolers for reasons. This bill sets us up to become restrictive like some other states.
I am against this for several reasons-no one was accountable to us when they did the things they did to my son -to the point we contacted a lawyer
or the crud they pulled with my dd
Also under this my son would be listed as truant! Never mind that he is enrolled with American High School. The district policy is that he is listed as a dropout -EVEN Though they have a letter of withdrawal and assurance as per TEA guidelines and a letter on file from the Texas homeschool Coalition. SO under this we could get a knock on the door and more grief from an instution that we no longer want any involvement with ...
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