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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