All nine of the Texas cases came from the suburban area of Houston. Included in the nine families were the “Katy 5,” the five families from the Katy, Texas, school district.
In late 1984, Katy school officials began the procedure to file charges against the families in Katy. Negotiations by HSLDA attorneys proved fruitless with the Katy school officials, who took the position that all homeschooling is illegal under Texas law, even if done by a certified teacher. The Katy officials confirmed this extreme position when they filed charges against the fifth Katy family, Jack and Dorothy Clayton. Mrs. Clayton holds a valid Texas teaching certificate.
Four of the five Katy families lost in court in February, with one trial postponed due to the class-action suit. The fifth family prevailed in trial in May, and the other cases were put on hold due to the homeschool class-action suit in Ft. Worth.
The other four cases in the Houston area were either won outright, or postponed due to the class-action suit. The most dramatic victory came in the case of Mark and Irma Davis, of Alief, Texas. Mrs. Davis has a valid Texas teaching certificate. In spite of this fact, school authorities insisted on bringing the parents to trial. They were acquitted.
HSLDA is participating financially and legally in the homeschool class-action suit in Ft. Worth. Shelby Sharpe is the attorney handling the case. The suit asks a state court to declare homeschooling legal under current Texas law, or, in the alternative, to declare the law void for vagueness, because the law does not state whether a homeschool is a legal private school or not. The class action suit goes to trial August 12.