Bill seeks to open classes to home-schoolers
Families, Plano push for access to subjects, activities, funds
Dallas Morning News, Texas, By Terrence Stutz and Kim Breen, 12:52 PM CDT on Thursday, April 21, 2005
AUSTIN ?Äì Thousands of home-school families have struck an unlikely alliance with Plano school officials in a push to allow their children to participate in some classes and extracurricular activities for the first time. … Rep. Brian McCall, R-Plano, submitted a bill early Wednesday that would let home-schoolers pick and choose classes, such as chemistry or a foreign language, or play on sports teams or the band at their neighborhood schools. In return, the schools would get extra money based on the additional enrollment….
Ann: What are you thinking here, (Plano) Texas homeschoolers? Don’t you know that you already have access to public school? Just march on down there any day of the week and they’ll enroll your child. You already have the best of both worlds.
Maybe, just maybe you don’t realize what you are putting on the block here, Texas? Because where I come from – Oregon and Washington, two states with "moderate" regulation – homeschoolers drool with envy over Texans’ private school status and total freedom to homeschool. We think that you Texans live in homeschooling heaven, free to homeschool as your hearts’ desire. Most of us would give up our part-time access to public school in a heartbeat to have what you’ve got. Full-time freedom to homeschool without government or bureaucratic hoops to jump through? Where do we sign up for what you’ve got?