HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — Since the 1990s, the Texas Homeschool Coalition has been on the front lines protecting the rights of parents and families wanting to homeschool.
In 1994, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that homeschools should be legally defined as private schools.
The Texas Homeschool Coalition is the largest statewide advocacy organization.
The non-profit also provides education to families interested in homeschooling. Their website explains the legalities, how to get started, and how to choose a curriculum.
When the pandemic began the organization launched a website filled with lesson plans and videos to help parents not familiar with teaching at home.
Tim Lambert, President of the Texas Homeschool Coalition, says after the Texas Education Agency released their guidelines for reopening schools, many parents called in and adds there is a lot of uncertainty with the virus.
“Does that impact children? Does it not impact children? Do children pass that on? There’s a lot of uncertainty about what the schools are going to do. Are they going to have online stuff? Are they going to do in person? What is that going to look like? Are they going to require mask?” says Tim Lambert
Lambert adds many parents also did not have a positive experience with home instruction. If parents are interested in homeschooling, Lambert says it’s very different from classroom and on-line instruction.
Homeschooling provides, more one one on with focused attention, and flexibility, says Lambert.
Lambert says parents need to do what’s best for their children, and remember it’s not a permenant decision. If parents do decided to homeschool, they must withdraw their children.
The coalition has a tool on their website which will generate a withdrawal letter you can submit to your school.
If you want to learn more about homeschooling or The Texas Homeschool Coalition you can click here.