Senator Kel Seliger’s Words on SB3 Vote

A big thank you to Senators Carlos Uresti and Royce West who voted NO today during the Senate Education Committee vote on SB3. Senator Kel Seliger is also appallingly the only Republican legislator who honored his conservative roots by rejecting public subsidies for private education and growing state spending and regulations. Thank you, Senator Seliger, for voting NO!

Texas Senate Education Committee Vote on SB3

Thank you to all those who voted NO on SB3. With the exception of Sen. Kel Seliger, Republicans just showed how utterly irresponsible and reckless they are willing to be with public funds in the name of #SchoolChoice and #EducationReform. Sen. Kel Seliger's comments were brilliant and he should be highly commended.https://www.facebook.com/AliceL.Linahan/videos/426372644379500/

Posted by Alice Linahan on Thursday, March 23, 2017

 

Republican legistors have acted foolhardy and capriciously with public monies in the name of “school choice” and “education reform”. Contact your state legislators and let them know you do not support SB3 or any bill that promotes government subsidies for education (including any bill that would add new regulation and accountability to Texas homeschool families)!

Our Members Testify Against SB3

Several of our members testified against SB3 at the Senate Education Committee public hearing on Tuesday. You can find video of their testimony below.

Here’s one of our directors, and homeschooling mom, Faith Bussey testifying against SB3.

Texas Homeschool Mom, Faith Bussey's testimony at the Senate E…

Texas Homeschool Mom, Faith Bussey's testimony at the Senate Ed hearing against SB3 Education Savings Accounts (ESA)s. Yes, SB3 is a part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative Machine's transformation in Education.Below is Faith's written testimony:"My name is Faith Bussey, and I am a homeschool mom of three. When my husband and I decided to become a homeschool family, our income was below poverty level. We had to make some hard choices, like living in a small home that we could actually afford, one car that I could drive occasionally but not too far because of gas prices, no smart phones, no cable, hand-me-down clothes for me and the kids, two haircuts a year, curriculum bought at Half-Price Books, and a full time babysitting job to make ends meet. We so believed in this calling, that we were willing to do whatever it took to make it happen. After a few years, I helped start a homeschool group and then a co-op that served over 100 families from all backgrounds. To my knowledge, we had no millionaires, but we did have single moms who we worked with so that they could provide for their little family and still homeschool their children. We so believed in their calling, that we were willing to do whatever it took to find free market, community, and faith-based solutions to help them make it happen.The scariest words these families have heard are: “I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.” When the government steps in to help the private sector, the free market loses. When public money can be used to subsidize the private sector with or without strings attached, freedom loses. Parents lose because costs go up, and government grows because subsidies increase demand. This is basic economics, y'all. Most people, including most legislators, don't know that homeschoolers don't have accreditation or State-Approved Vendors for curriculum or hoops to jump through now. For those saying this bill won't affect those who don't take the money, are you aware that Texas has more homeschooling freedoms than any other state in the union? Are you aware that all those other states with Voucher and ESA bills didn't increase regulation on homeschoolers because those states already *had* regulations? This means we have more to lose if our legislature opens the door to try to “help” us. As a Christian, Conservative, limited-government, homeschooling mom, I implore the members of this committee to vote down SB3. Don't try to give a free private education to the people who weren't willing to make the sacrifices our families made. If you truly want to help us and help those other families, find ways to let us keep more of the money we earn. Find a way to let us live in the property we bought without having to pay for it yearly with our firstborn to keep it. Find a way to simply Leave. Us. Alone."

Posted by Alice Linahan on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

Here is testimony by Andy Prior, a track coach, and our Public Spokesman.

Texans for Homeschool Freedom – Andy Prior Testimony Against #SB3Excellent Testimony! Be sure to click "Like" and "Share"!

Posted by Alice Linahan on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

Director of Texans for Homeschool Freedom, Ginger Russell, gives her testimony to the committee.

Texan's for Homeschool Freedom Director, Ginger Russell's Testimony at the Senate Ed hearing on Jeb Bush's #ExcelInEd funded SB3 Education Savings Accounts (ESA)s

Posted by Alice Linahan on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Our member and homeschooling dad, Read King, testifying below against SB3. Notice near the end Sen. Van Taylor questions Read on his homeschooling law facts and asserts that he doubts Read would be able to provide him with the homeschool laws of the other states. Sen. Taylor, who is a co-author of SB3, and sits on the Senate Education Committee, shows his unbelievable ignorance of Texas homeschool law.

Texas Homeschool Dad Read King testimony against SB3 #ESA

Interesting exchange at the end. Why didn't Sen.Van Taylor want to go into understanding Texas Homeschool Dad Read King? Was it because Read King was in opposition to Pro-Common Core Jeb Bush's #ExcelInEd funded SB3 Education Savings Accounts (ESA)s. Yes, SB3 is a part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative Machine's transformation in Education.

Posted by Alice Linahan on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Here is Geren King, son of Read King (above), and a homeschool student, testifying against SB3. This was Geren’s first time ever publicly testifying and we couldn’t be prouder! Way to go Geren!

Texas Homeschool student Geren King testified against #SB3. The Education Savings Account (ESA)s. #StopJebEdinTx #Txlege #Txed

Posted by Alice Linahan on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Our member and homeschool mom, Angela Blackburn testified on Tuesday.

Texas Homeschool and Public School Mom, Angela Blackburn's testimony at the Senate Ed hearing on Pro Common Core Jeb Bush's #ExcelInEd funded SB3 Education Savings Accounts (ESA)s. Yes, SB3 is a part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative Machine's transformation in Education.

Posted by Alice Linahan on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Our homeschooling mom, Traci Hooks, testifying below. 

Texas Homeschool Mom, Traci Hooks' testimony at the Senate Ed hearing against Pro Common Core Jeb Bush's #ExcelInEd funded SB3 Education Savings Accounts (ESA)s. Yes, SB3 is a part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative Machine's transformation in Education.

Posted by Alice Linahan on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Our member Erin Greene, a former teacher, and a mom testifies on Tuesday.

Texan Mom and former Teacher , Erin Greene Testimony at the Senate Ed hearing on Pro Common Core Jeb Bush's #ExcelInEd funded SB3 Education Savings Accounts (ESA)s. Yes, SB3 is a part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative Machine's transformation in Education.

Posted by Alice Linahan on Tuesday, March 21, 2017