And just “home-schooled student”s according to the proposed “Tim Tebow” law, HB 1374. After all, homeschoolers pay property taxes so why shouldn’t they be allowed to participate in UIL sponsored activities? Continue reading
Tag Archives: Issues and Legalities
Daytime Youth Curfews
San Antonio recently renewed it’s daytime youth curfew which is considered a “model” for the nation. It’s goal is keep unsavory youth off of the street. Of course, that wouldn’t include homeschoolers but you never know. This ordinance is especially troublesome for teenagers so you might want to provide them with some sort of identification or note from you. Continue reading
Pizza and Homeschooling
Recently I had a party and the main course was pizza. When we lived in Amarillo, I used to make pizza frequently since heating up the apartment by using the oven wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is any day in San Antonio except for the day when the northerner comes in sometime around the Texas-OU game and the one day after all the stores winter clearance sales where the temperature drops below freezing and you realize that none of your kid’s winter clothes from last year fit. Since we were long past those days (or they were still in the distance days to come-depending on how you look at), I really wanted to use the bar-b-que grill so I wouldn’t heat up the house. Continue reading
Odyssey of the Mind and Homeschooling
I’ve been involved in the creative problem solving program, Odyssey of the Mind, for the past four years. When I read the following, I was immediately struck by how many of these skills children learn participating in Odyssey of the Mind. Continue reading
Homeschooling isn’t as safe as you think
To all those who are thinking about following the advice of those in the Southern Baptist Convention to pull your kids from the public school to homeschool, beware, I’m a homeschooler. Continue reading
Homeschoolers Misinforming Homeschoolers
It’s bad enough that public school officials give out bad information on homeschooling requirements such as requesting to view potential homeschoolers’ curriculum. What’s worst is when a homeschool organization contributes to the misinformation. The following is the FEAST (Family Educators Alliance of South Texas) website information for new homeschoolers. Continue reading
Home Schools are Private Schools in Texas–For Now
Homeschoolers in Texas are incredibly fortunate because a “home school” is considered the equivalent of an unaccredited private school. And after hearing what it takes to homeschool in states such as Pennsylvania, most welcome any legislation that reinforces such a definition. But just because a bill uses the term “home school” doesn’t automatically make it a good thing. Continue reading
And What About Socialization?
This is a must read column no matter how you are educating your children.
Jay Mathews – School Boundaries, Money and Race – washingtonpost.com:
Grice is my guest columnist today. This is a big risk for me since it is clear she is a much better writer, and much braver about getting to the heart of the issue — how much our school boundaries depend on the skin color and the size of the paychecks of the families involved. Nonetheless, this is a must read:
Some of you may be wondering, “so what’s the homeschooling connection on this?” Well, what is the first issue anyone brings up when discussing homeschooling–what about socialization? Continue reading
Top Websites on Homeschooling Legality in Texas
These websites are provide you with information on the legal aspects of homeschooling. They list relevant education code, legislation, and court cases as well as the basic steps to start homeschooling in Texas (how to withdraw your child from public school.) Continue reading
Homeschooling: Is it Legal?
Yes. The following is not intended as legal advice since I am not a lawyer. The following is for informational purposes only. Homeschools are considered private school in Texas and the state has no authority to regulate private schools. Continue reading