Skip to comments.Gov. Perry Encourages Home School Families [Address to Texas Home School Association]
Posted on 12/30/2011 1:14:36 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
April 07, 2009 Speech to Texas Home School Association
Thank you, Tim [Lambert, President, Texas Home School Coalition], for those kind words, and thank you for all you do to equip, inform and defend home school families in our states.
It is an honor to be here with some of our states most gifted students and most committed teachers: the members of the Texas Home School Coalition.
My parents didnt home school me, but the size of our rural community made it seem that they were practically in the classroom with me, given the way that news of my behavior at school often got home before I did.
Im proud that our state has more home school families than any other and I was proud to officially proclaim April 5th through 11th Home School Week here in Texas.
As a product of public schools myself, and a parent who helped guide two children through them, I believe in the value of a public education.
I am committed to improving public education for the majority of Texas children, because it is their main ticket to a future of opportunity. However, I also understand that public education may not be the best choice for every family.
In some cases the best option is the local public school or maybe a charter school. In other cases, a private or religious setting might be more appropriate.
For more and more students every day, the best educational option is a classroom in the home.
Every child is entitled to a public education, but public education is not entitled to every child.
Whatever decision is made on the location and style of a childs education, I believe the responsibility and freedom of that choice resides with a childs parent.
For those who choose to teach their children at home, I believe government regulation should stop at the front door.
That is why I encourage our legislators to take a close look at the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act sponsored by Representative King. The family unit is the essential building block of our society and we should do our best to protect it here in Texas.
I am proud of the steps we have taken in Texas to protect the freedoms of home school families, and encourage this essential segment of our states overall approach to education.
We have worked with the Texas Education Agency to clarify the rights of home schoolers, including the process for awarding transfer credits.
In 2003, we passed a law that requires state colleges and universities to use the same admission standards for all students, regardless of the type of school they graduated from.
I hope that this session is remembered for our success in clarifying even more protections for home school families.
Parental involvement is essential to every childs success, and its hard to imagine a more involved parent than one who makes the sacrifices required to teach their child at home.
This investment in your childrens education will not only improve their future... but the future of this entire state.
Thank you all for your commitment. May God bless you and, through you, may He continue to bless the great state of Texas.
Rick Santorum home schools his children but he does not stand alone on this important issue.
Rick Perry has been advocating for homeschooling families for a very long time.
............”Perry and Santorum are now fighting a virtual tug of war over Iowa’s evangelicals. Reuters reports that Iowa’s evangelicals are moving over to Santorum, because he’s been actively lobbying the homeschool network, and preachers there like him. They like him so much, they want Bachmann to either drop out entirely, or fold her campaign into his. With the departure of Bachmann’s campaign chairman Kent Sorenson over to Paul’s campaign, and the loss of her political director Wes Enos, it would seem it’s time for Bachmann to throw in the towel. Does this mean that she misheard God?
It’s a sticky situation that evangelicals are in. They are splitting the GOP vote to the point where Obama might just win. FOXNews has been very vocal with that fear, but who knows? Only God knows.”
Nice planted picture.
You don’t like homeschoolers?
“Nice planted picture.”
What do you mean by planted picture?
On October 29, 2011 you in fact posted the very same picture here at Free Republic.
Yes. And it obviously was “framed” for the photo shoot.
Are you against homeschoolers?
Nice try. Gov. Perry is a consistent conservative.
Who's your candidate? Will you be voting absentee from Taiwan?
The four Congressmen and two liberal Governors can't say that.
Every one a politician.
“Yes. And it obviously was framed for the photo shoot.”
If it was framed for the photo shoot” why did you post it back on October?
Now you’re stalking me and it isn’t pretty.
I answered you over here:
Sorry for offending you by posting a picture that you deemed to be anti-Rick Perry only a couple months after you had posted the very same picture in support of Rick Perry.
Now you’re being a passive aggressive poster. Buzz off.
My candidate? Well, I liked Cain. He's currently out of consideration. Palin somewhat impressed me. I think its a real possibility that she may re-enter the race in some capacity - I am NOT holding my breath in anticipation of this.
Experience tells that at some point in time, an unknown or "dark-horse" candidate may enter the race on the Rep ticket.
We'll see what happens. I'm not discounting a vote for Perry...yet.
Yes, I vote by absentee ballot from here. Same as 2008 and 2010....(or was it 2009?)
Take another look at Perry folks. He walks the walk. Obama and the rats are about to unleash an assault on our Second Amendment rights. Who better to fight him on this than the governor of the biggest gun rights state in the country.
Gov. Perry’s been fighting D.C. in the courts on many fronts — education, energy, environment, 1st, 2nd and 10th Amendments......
And the lawyers, environmentalists, “educators,” public sector unions, agencies, “feminists,” MSM — all the socialists embedded in our government have painted a target on Perry’s back.
He said if we watch his back, he will watch ours in D.C.
And he will.
The Santorums started homeschooling independently when it was revealed that they were using a state “virtual public school” program provided by a district in which they did not reside. They could have lived in the district and had the children attend public school, or they could have lived *wherever* and covered their own education costs, as I do. Finagling residency requirements in order to save a few bucks is just tacky.
Mr. Santorum lacks the visceral distrust of all government “help” that an independent Christian conservative should have. The same appears to be true of Gov. Perry ... but he’s not attempting to present himself as someone who shares my principles to that extent, while Mr. Santorum is.
And anyway, by the time we have a North Carolina primary, there will probably be nobody on the ballot but Ron Paul and Bill the Cat, again.
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I was just reading an article yesterday about what you mentioned here. I couldn’t believe that either when I first heard about it, but a Pennsylvanian who lived in Pennsylvania when that happened clued me in on what the Santorums had done.
By the way, I home schooled all my children from the very beginning all the way up to when they each started college, and we have done whatever we needed to make sure we could do that, living on shoestring budgets, my husband working extra hard with second jobs so I would not have to work, etc. I know what you mean about standing on our own two feet to do the right thing.
That is why I was so surprised to hear when my friend from Pennsylvania had told me the Santorums had taken state money from Pennsylvania for reimbursements of a Pennsylvania-sponsored “virtual school” they enrolled their children in when they actually resided in Virginia and were not entitled to the state educational entitlements they took (the state reimbursements of $7,551 per child annually Pennsylvania had given to the Santorums for home schooling their children).
You mentioned that situation, but I wasn’t sure if you knew how it all ended. Pennsylvania took the Santorums to court over the funds they had taken, and it sounds like they settled. It did seem to be confusing in that they resided in Virginia but at least still owned a house in PA which they rented out. Maybe they just did not realize they were not allowed to take state funds from PA while they were living in VA.
Anyway, the parties did settle on that at least. Here is the article I was reading yesterday which I referenced which shows they did settle:
And I’ll add to you that Governor Rick Perry is absolutely loved by Texas home schoolers, and I can say that because we finished up our home schooling in Texas!
I’ll tell you there was a HUGE difference between home schooling in our old state of Virginia and home schooling in Texas. Texas really respects the God-given rights of parents. At one home school convention where Governor Perry was speaking, Governor Perry made the comment, “When you home school in Texas, the government STOPS at your front door.” It was really cool to hear our governor say that, and he has lived up to that, being a man who has aligned himself with home school leaders and has been one whom home school leaders and parents call upon when something seems amiss or could be better in the state. Governor Perry has always come through for the rights and lives of home school families.
Here is a youtube video of the Texas Home School Coalition which includes Tim Lambert, President of the THSC and a good Perry friend and associate... will show you what Texas home schoolers think of Governor Perry! http://youtu.be/vKRG3DDFM3o
And here is Governor Perry as the honored speaker for The Texas home School Coalition Convention: (This is in 2009.)
Part I: http://youtu.be/OCB-MvIOHa0
Part II: http://youtu.be/ZkIR7cfLV7E
Also, here is one of Rick Perry’s speeches in Austin where he speaking in honor of The Texas Home School Coalition: http://youtu.be/J4QChIZ9Lpc
Thank you so much for posting an article specifically about home schooling. Not only did I home school (for a total of almost 25 years in total), but I was very involved directing and leading home school groups and helping home school families along the way because I really cared about home school children and families having the opportunity to have the best lives they could have as home schoolers. I worked a LOT for home school families, and I love them still. I am HONORED to now be in Rick Perry’s state where I have found the respect for those home school families that we had to fight so hard for in Virginia. Home schooling has been a huge part of my life - it still does in my heart - and my heart is jumping for joy you chose to post an article about both home schooling and Governor Perry. Thank you.
I did see that the Santorums had reached an arrangement with the Pennsylvania school district ... but it’s still tacky. The average, honest person wouldn’t consider himself entitled to use public services in a place where he owns a rental house, so why should a Senator? My parents owned rental property in Texas, when I was a college student, but that didn’t get me in-state tuition in Texas.
I think that being in government tends to create a sense of entitlement, unless the person is truly committed to personal responsibility. Compare accepting education services on (at best) a technicality to Margaret Thatcher’s buying her own ironing board for 10 Downing Street because it was just going to cost too much, in her opinion, if it were charged to the household funds.
I’m with you on all you say Tax-chick.
First of all, I don’t think the Santorums should have been receiving $7,000 plus per child per year to home school to being with. The rest of us struggle to give our children something special. Whey did the Santorums have to get PAID to do so! Kind of belittles the beauty of loving your children enough to want to do this for them out of love, doesn’t it?
Secondly, it doesn’t seem right that they felt they could get state entitlements from PA for home schooling their children when they lived in Virginia and only owned rental property in PA.
As I mentioned earlier, it might be confusing for politicians who live in another state from which they represent, but then again, as you pointed out, they did not even keep their PA home to themselves and literally MOVED to Virgina. So, it does seem like they most likely should have known they shouldn’t have taken all that money.
For me though, I feel like a more honest person that I home schooled my children out of love and care for them and not for money. And I don’t care how much or little it would have been. I’m just glad I was blessed to home school our children!
Blessings to you now on your home school journey, by the way!
Casinva — I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your contributions to this thread about home schooling and Gov. Rick Perry.
My hat is OFF to you on your choice to home school and for giving our country more (and certainly needed) well rounded, educated citizens.
I hope home schooling groups in states around the country will come out and support Rick Perry.
My best to you and your family.
I’d accept a property-tax credit, if the state allowed it, as a reasonable tradeoff for not using the schools which are the county’s main budget item. (Since there’s no credit, I like to tell myself that my property taxes are paying for Sheriff’s Office personnel ;-). The county contributes to the community college, too, and we’ve got some use from that.
If people don’t mind the government’s controlling what their children learn, there’s nothing wrong with using “public school at home” programs. It’s especially helpful for families with concerns about socialization, but not curriculum content, and for students who have health problems. However, it certainly wouldn’t be appropriate for me to try to enroll the Horde in Florida’s virtual-school program, just because my parents live there and I’m their co-trustee!
It sounds as if you’ve done a great deal for the homeschooling movement! We’re in our 17th year, I think. North Carolina’s requirements aren’t bad, but Oklahoma was better!
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