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As [livejournal.com profile] stparker attempted to post earlier the three of our four children that we are going to homeschool are now home... well almost LOL. Our youngest daughter is missing a book that we have to find before we can sign her out officially. Funny thing happend while we were waiting for the papers, the secretary is homeschooling her child too. ROFLMAO now that is kinda sad that someone who works for the public school system doesn't have her child in public school. So I was telling her about online classes and she was taking notes hehehee. Yes, the high tech junkie is spreading the adiction. *grin*

Now I can have the big sigh of relief and not have that stupid TAKS test hovering over their heads anymore. Now they may actually LEARN something.

Jaz, I had to make a letter of assurance for the school to go in their record so I made it a PDF and if you want to put in on pp for others to use, it's here: http://www.magickdream.com/wolfrose/hsverification.pdf
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Today we withdrew Christi from public school. The diagnostician tried to lecture me into leaving her in school and insulted me by saying that homeschooled kids fall way behind. *growl*

Well shit, I don't think I could do any worse than the air headed art teacher who notoriously misplaces everything and is flunking my daughter because there are assignments missing. My daughter turned them in though. I bet she'll find those about the same time she finds the 25$ art fee check Parker wrote...

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the public library. Today was actually a good day! :-)


Oct. 17th, 2002 02:05 pm
wolfrose: (side dish)
We have an Aikido school here!

That's what Steven Seagal is a master of!

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Ok, Parker is reluctant to homeschool our son since this is a house hold of 4 females and two males. He says that Stormchaser needs socialization with other boys his age so he wants to leave him in public school. *SIGH*

I think we have found a solution to my wanting to unschool and his wanting a strict guideline curriculum. (can we say anal?) The compromise being that we kinda do both, more of a loose curriculum with lots of hands on learning. *grin*

soooooooo I really need a solution to the socialization thing because Stormchaser was the reason I started thinking about homeschooling in the first place a few years ago. (an idea I was put off by being told that I had to submit a curriculum to the school board for approval before I would be allowed to do it)

so now what? <tongue in cheek> enroll him in kung fu classes......... iiiiiiinnnnn Austin </tongue in cheek>
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Texas Legislature Online

Texas Education Code sections 21.032 & 21.033

Legal Requirements for home schooling in Texas:

Compulsory Attendance ages are 6 through 17. This means that when a child turns 6 he must be "in school" and, if not enrolled in a traditional school, the following requirements apply:
A. The home school must be run in a bona fide manner (not a sham or subterfuge.)

B. A written curriculum (from any source including video or computer) must be used and must cover the basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, math and a course in good citizenship. The child is considered to be in a private school as a homeschool is a private school as upheld by Leeper v. Arlington Independent School District, No. 17-88761-85, D. Texas, April 13, 1987

C. Parents must reasonably cooperate with any reasonable inquiry from an attendance officer.

The Texas legislature has not defined private or parochial school in the Education Code . Additionally, the legislature has given the TEA and State Board of Education authority just over Public schools, not over private or parochial schools. Under the compulsory attendance laws, there is a requirement of 170 days of attendance but this only applies to PUBLIC schools, not to private or parochial schools.

There are no current testing requirements nor are you required to register your home school with the school district under current Texas law.

You are not required to file any papers or notify anyone that you are homeschooling your children in Texas. If they are already enrolled in a public school, you can tell the school's office that the child is going to be homeschooled or is going to be attending a private school. In Texas, a homeschool is a private school. Some districts may want to give you a hard time, but you have every legal right to homeschool without their blessings.

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There seem to be (at least) three distinct positions concerning whether and how it is lawful to educate one's own children at home here in Texas. Two of these endorse and perpetuate the idea of a compelling state interest in education, while the third does not.

The first position, in as accurate a nutshell as I can manage, is this:

"We accept the idea and practice of compelling state interest. We, in fact, went to court seeking a state definition of 'home schooling.' We lobby for home-educated children to participate fully in public-school 'benefits' like sports while also fully realizing that the Texas Education Code applies to all educational institutions funded in whole or in part by state tax funds. We avoid mentioning the applicability of that code (though we quote other sections of it) when people come to us wanting to know if or how the law may affect home education in Texas. We are serving and protecting the home schooling community of Texas."

The second contains the following ideas:

"We may or may not _like_ the idea of compelling state interest but we do fear the power of the State so we concede such an interest. We covet the state's approval, and are willing to allow the state to define what we do in our own homes in exchange for being 'allowed' to educate our own children. Yet, at the same time, we seek to avoid other state educational regulation that is not to our liking. We pin all our hopes on the idea that a court decision allowing us to call our homes private schools when they conform to certain requirements will protect us from having any requirements placed on our homes."

The temptation to add "We are confused." to this second position is overpowering.
In fairness, though, the same should be added to the first position as well.

Since both of these positions rely upon state approval and definition they both want some sort of 'homeschooling law' to point to as a "basis for our right to homeschool."

The third position says:

"We thoroughly reject the erroneous idea of a compelling state interest in our children's education. We also find no lawful basis for such a thing. We as parents created and produced these children and as we are willing to accept our parental responsibilities we claim those responsibilities for ourselves. We realize this position may not 'go over well' with bureaucrats and busybodies; however, we will settle for _no less than_ the liberty lawfully retained by the people when allowing the Texas Legislature educational authority over only an 'efficient system of public free schools'."

It has been suggested that those holding to the first two positions are more 'realistic' for thinking that obtaining permission and definition from the state will secure their ability to home educate in peace, while those holding out for liberty are said to be 'in denial' of the way things really work. But... who is actually in denial here?

The truth of the matter is that NO MATTER WHICH POSITION YOU HOLD... THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES that you will be left to live and learn in peace.

About the only guarantee is that in voluntarily conceding power over your children's education to the state ---> the state _will_ exercise that power and your compliance with state demands will be expected and enforced.


Bev Jones, April 2001 -- Permission is hereby granted to copy and/or forward this message,*in its entirety* and including this statement, to every single home-educating parent you can find on the face of this planet.


HomeSchooling TEXAS, est. 1995
ubi libertas habitat, ibi nostra patria est
wolfrose: (smile)
Texas has no regulation when it comes to homeschooling. I just found this out. I don't have to invest thousands of dollars on buying a nifty packaged curriculum in order to teach at home!

After the meeting Parker and I had with Gini's teachers, we were outraged. They spend about a week covering aspects. For instance, they will spend a week "learning" division or multiplication and then move on to something else so they can cover what will be on the TAKKS test this spring. That isn't learning, that isn't education! Then they want kids to stay after school for extra tutoring so they can pass the test. *growl*

Now that I've found out the facts about homeschooling in Texas, Parker and I will sit down and have a long discussion and make a discision...

I have tons of up sides for homeschooling and only a few downsides... and I think we can work out fixes for the downsides. :-)

(smart alec comment)
Yes, we will consult a dictionary for spelling lessons :-p

Ashley will most likely stay in public school though, she's already in 9th grade....


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