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1/24/2003 3:51:45 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--More Legal and Legislative Deveopments

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January 24, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

More developments in Texas...

LEGISLATION

Home School Legal Defense Association continues to monitor the
Mandatory Kindergarten bill, S.B. 30. This will lower compulsory
attendance from six years old to five. At the present, we believe
that the budget shortfall in Texas will work in our favor to ensure
that this bill is killed in committee. HSLDA Legislative Counsel has
been working to make sure that this bill does not go anywhere.

Another bill has been introduced which is favorable to parent's
rights. H.B. 374, introduced by Representative Dutton, states: "A
parent may use corporal punishment for the reasonable discipline of
the parent's child." Representative Dutton would like to add the
language to the child welfare code. We believe this is a positive
advancement of parent's rights, affirming the right of parents to
perform Biblical discipline.

SIMMONS CASE DROPPED

In Rosharon, the Simmons family (name changed to protect the family's
privacy) was faced with a judgment of the court requiring them to use
an accredited curriculum to homeschool their teenage son. If they
did not produce an accredited curriculum by January 24, the justice
of the peace was going to pursue further sanctions against the
family. Attorney Tom Sanders represented the family in court and was
able to convince the judge to drop his requirement that the
curriculum be accredited. The family has obtained a regular
homeschool curriculum and is now free to teach their teenage son at
home. We are thankful for the outcome of this case.

Watch for next week's Texas Weekly Update to read about further
progress on these and other items, including the child welfare
initiative.

Thank you for standing with us for family and freedom in Texas.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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