From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/11/2013 4:56:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Support Texas Constitutional Amendment Protecting Homeschool and Private Schools

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Support Texas Constitutional Amendment Protecting Homeschool and
Private Schools!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The 2013 Texas legislative session is underway and HSLDA is tracking
bills in the house and senate that may affect the future of Texas
homeschooling. We know you want to be informed of any threats that may
be on the horizon and notified of any benefits for homeschooling.
Homeschooling father and HSLDA Local Counsel Tom Sanders visited
Austin to personally meet with legislators and discuss bills relevant
to homeschooling.

Action Item:

House Joint Resolution 45 would propose a constitutional amendment to
protect private schools from state and local government regulation.
HJR 45 has been introduced and assigned to the House Education

HSLDA supports this resolution. Texas law recognizes homeschools as
private schools, and homeschool rights are currently recognized in
case and statutory law, not the Texas Constitution. To preserve
homeschool rights for future generations, HJR 45 will place these
rights in the state constitution and guard against unwanted
Action requested:

Please contact your state representative and ask him or her to protect
private and home education by voting in support of HJR 45. Your
message can be as simple as this:

"Please support HJR 45 which will protect private schools and
homeschools from unnecessary government regulation."

Check here to find the name and contact information of your Texas

Bills to Watch:

In addition, HSLDA is watching these bills:

- House Bill 704 would prohibit Texas public schools from implementing
the common core standards as developed by the Common Core State
Standards Initiative in the U.S. Department of Education. Although the
common core would not directly affect homeschooling, in the long run
it has the potential to indirectly harm homeschool students. Check
out: "Common Core State Standards Initiative: Too Close to a National
Curriculum" - . The Texas
legislature has rejected the common core, and this bill would further
ensure that the Texas Board of Education will not implement the common

- House Bills 391 and 393 were introduced to give grandparents greater
legal access to their grandchildren. Since HSLDA has defended
homeschooling parents from grandparents who sued for custody because
of homeschooling, we are watching these bills closely.

- House Bill 772 and Senate Bill 40 would change Texas immunization
registry from an opt-in provision to an opt-out. Many homeschoolers
have objections to immunizations, and HSLDA believe a child's medical
history is best handled by their parents.

We invite you to check out the Texas Bill page periodically to review
updated bills and see if there are any items we are requesting you to
take action on:

Please note that at this point, we are not asking you to take action
on any other bills. Calling unnecessary attention to a bill before it
has been referred to a committee or scheduled for a vote can be just
as detrimental as not voicing your opinion at the right time. Most
bills will die before making it to a vote.

In closing, HSLDA wants to let you know that without your support it
would be impossible for us monitor Texas legislation and to protect
homeschooling! If you are not yet a member with us, why don't you take
a moment to join and stand with tens of thousands of homeschoolers for
educational freedom in Texas, in the nation, and around the world.
Join now:

Standing with you for Freedom,
Darren A. Jones
HSLDA Staff Attorney

-> Who are the nation's best lobbyists?

We don't know that this has ever been determined; but we do know
that HSLDA's Federal Relations Department is the only
national organization lobbying on behalf of homeschoolers on
Capitol Hill.

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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