Homeschooling, although legal in all 50 states, has always had its challenges. Thankfully, too, it has always had strong advocates. Most every state is fortunate to have one or more statewide homeschool associations with the overall goal of promoting homeschooling and defending every parent’s right to educate their child as they see fit. Because it is a large state with a strong and growing homeschool population, Texas is fortunate enough to have two homeschool associations.
Texas Home School Coalition (THSC)
According to the THSC website, the mission of the Texas Home School Coalition association is to:
- Protect, defend, and advance homeschooling and parental rights in Texas
- Further the cause of homeschooling and parental rights by educating parents and students in the legislative process
- Aggressively promote and market homeschooling and parental rights to the general public in Texas
The THSC offers members legal assistance for homeschooling related issues, free registration for their yearly Texas homeschool convention, student/teacher photo id cards, and customizable transcripts and diplomas. The Christian organization also has a political action committee dedicated to conservative stances across the political spectrum.
Texas Home Educators (THE)
According to the THE website, the mission of the Texas Home Educators statewide organization is:
- Promotion of, and advocating for homeschooling among parents and grandparents, in the media and across social media
- Partnering with local organizations which need support in staging events, leadership training, or whatever their needs may be, and
- Providing an umbrella organization assisting individual families and local homeschooling groups to come together for events
THE offers members legal membership services, an HSLDA discount, free admission to THE events, merchant discounts, and access to printables, online workshops, and lesson plans. The site Resource Directory also offers an up-to-date listing of groups, co-ops, clubs and activities for your children.
Why Join a Homeschool Association?
Joining a state homeschool organization is certainly not a requirement for homeschooling, and many families have homeschooled from kindergarten through graduation without ever being aligned with one. Yet, to help you decide whether or not to be a part of a Texas homeschool association, it can be helpful to understand the benefits of joining one. Some of the upsides of being a member can include:
- having access to people who can answer your specific questions about getting started with homeschooling and staying compliant with state laws
- legal advice or even protection in the rare case where your homeschool rights are challenged
- regular and frequent events designed to empower homeschool families and give them information on how to improve their education experience
- alignment with local retailers, venues, and services that can offer group discounts to members
- receiving regular updates about homeschool-related news and events in your state
Additional Resources Related to Homeschooling in Texas
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