From THSC‘s Tim Lambert, regarding the Senate bill status:
The hearing on SB 929 in the Senate Education Committee went well, and the committee substitute had language that allowed a home school student to demonstrate academic eligibility by taking a national norm-referenced test, like California Achievement Test or Iowa Basic Skills, etc., and scoring at or above the average. UIL officials have said this bill would not negatively impact the “level playing field” or otherwise undermine the current system.
Representatives of public school superintendents and coaches testified against the bill, arguing that it would be unfair to public school students. Some home schoolers also testified against the measure on the grounds that home schooling would have to be defined and that allowing home schoolers to participate would ultimately lead to regulation of all home schoolers. A strong number registered in favor of the bill, and I gave testimony noting the discrimination against home schoolers and minority students that began in 1915, two years after UIL was established for all students in Texas.
He also wrote a post after the “Town Hall” meeting addressing the many concerns involved with these Tebow Bills in a homeschooling as a private school state.
Those who argue that not passing this bill will keep us free are misinformed. The same arguments could have been made when we changed the law to force the public schools to allow home school students to take the PSAT because in some areas that’s the only place those tests are offered. Opponents could also have said the same thing when we changed the law to require public universities to recognized home school graduates as high school graduates and when federal law was amended to make home school graduates eligible for student loans or grants. When we passed laws to require community colleges to allow home school students to take dual credit classes the same as public school students; to guarantee that home schoolers receive child support benefits or public assistance; or to allow military enlistment, etc., the same things could have been said, but they were not. I could go on and on, but my point is that all of these changes that were made to allow home school students to have equal access to the same benefits as public school students could have been opposed on the same basis as the arguments made today against the “Tim Tebow Bills.” Why is it that only on this issue does the argument get raised by so many? I believe it is out of fear.
The commenters opposing the bill offer coherent, excellent rebuttals. To Tim Lambert’s credit, he responds to each one. Mr. Lambert seems to be very open in response to the homeschoolers’ apprehension who oppose these bills. He just doesn’t agree with them.
Following that, I ran into another article highlighting a Texan homeschool sports star chosen for an all-star team.
Then there’s the case of Sarah Kreusel, who will play for the girls North squad in the Golden Spread All-Star Basketball Tournament despite not representing any “school”.
Kreusel was a member of the Amarillo Flames, a team of homeschooled players who didn’t play in a recognized district and took on Panhandle public schools whenever they had holes in their schedule. When she steps onto the court against the South squad at 6 p.m. today at the First United Bank Center, Kreusel will make history as the first home-schooled player to participate in the tournament.
Congratulations to Sarah Kreusel and the success of these homeschooling and private school teams.
Back in the 70’s, “Title 9” came into existence- “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”
That should have been a good thing and I’m sure it was for many. But I also watched many private organization opportunities dwindle into the limited public school/federally funded activities. The Devil is in the details, as my observations try to clarify pointing out the private Girls Athletic Association demise.
There is no disputing freedom is lost any time you trade off for a public school activity. The example in Texas will be standardized tests and following public school rules, instead of your less limiting boundaries. Public school policies always tend to be rigid and non-conforming. The fear private programs will be lost is a reality, as history shows. If these homeschoolers are successful in pushing to participate in public school programs, we’ll see how these results play out and if organizations like the Texas Homeschool Coalition can and will prevent the loss of private school freedoms in the future. With the displeasure many have with the public school system’s failures, it seems odd, at best, to have the same folks clamoring to participate in public schools, rather than building up an alternative.
Another Texas homeschooling sports success: Homeschoolers Abound at Texas Community College