Originally Sent: 8/21/2013
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Daytime Curfew Vote
Staff Attorney Darren Jones is a member of HSLDA’s litigation team. He and his wife homeschool.
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
At an August 13 Blanco City Council meeting, concerted opposition from a broad spectrum of citizens to a proposed curfew caused the Council to postpone a vote on the measure.
HSLDA member Michelle Leake (name used with permission) contacted HSLDA after reading in the local paper that the Blanco police chief had proposed a curfew for the area’s youth, including a daytime curfew. Although new to the area, Leake opposed the curfew because it presented the possibility that all children, including homeschool children, would be vulnerable simply for being in public areas during the day. Furthermore, the small town of Blanco had not experienced serious juvenile crime, nor were there any reasons to believe a crime spike was about to occur. To Leake, the proposed curfew was simply an effort to fix something that wasn’t broken.
Many homeschool students find themselves targeted by daytime curfews simply because their school day may not match the hours of the local public school. Youths in public areas are automatically presumed to be truant, and, if stopped by an officer, put in the position of explaining that their school is not in session, or that they have their parent’s permission.
HSLDA corresponded with Leake on strategies for defeating daytime curfews. Leake then voiced her opposition to the curfew to the Blanco mayor, mayor pro-tem, and four city council members. She spoke with the police chief who proposed the curfew, and contacted neighboring towns for their curfew policies. She also agreed to be the volunteer coordinator in the homeschool community opposing the curfew.
HSLDA sent an email notification asking homeschool families in the area to oppose the daytime curfew at the August 13 meeting.
The result was better than Leake had expected. In her words: “As the result of overwhelming community opposition, the Blanco City Council voted to suspend the curfew ordinance vote.” Homeschool families and other freedom-loving residents who showed up at the council meeting and opposed the curfew were effective in the postponement of a vote that was expected to occur.
Although Leake will continue to monitor the agenda for further notices of curfew votes, this was a victory for homeschool families in Blanco, Texas.
If you want to oppose a daytime curfew in your area, please see our analysis of this issue.
A strategy packet for defeating daytime curfews can be found online.
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