Home school coalition focuses on custody, UIL sports in legislature
AUSTIN — As he has done over the years when the Texas Legislature is in session, Tim Lambert of Lubbock and a small group of young lieutenants were in Austin Tuesday to see how bills the organization he leads — the Texas Home School Coalition — favors or opposes.
One bill the coalition supports, named after NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who was home-schooled, would allow home-schooled students to participate in University Interscholastic League sporting events in the school district where they live.
Tim Lambert feels they have the votes, after working on this issue for many years.
His coalition is also paying attention to another emotionally trying and expensive issue for some parents:
“The current statute says that grandparent can sue for custodian or possession,” Lambert said. “There are lots of times they say ‘I don’t want you to home-school my grandchild and if you do that we are going to sue you.’
“These things can go on for years and in some cases these parents lose their children to their grandparents,” he added. “So, what we are trying to do is to fix that problem, to fix that loophole that allows this abuse.”
A bill Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, would restrict the current law that allows grandparents to sue parents for access or possession of school-age children, so the coalition favors the measure.