SREC Votes to Affirm the Rights of Parental Freedom of Choice in Education and Homeschool Liberty in Texas

WHEREAS the Republican Party of Texas Platform affirms that “the rights of parents to raise and educate their children is fundamental”, and recognizes both the importance of “parents having the freedom of choice for the education of their children” and a “free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference”; and

WHEREAS policy that detracts from these rights should not be considered lightly, nor should legislation denying these freedoms be passed on the basis of the criminal actions of a minute and unrepresentative segment of the homeschool community; and

WHEREAS child abuse in any form is a heinous crime and should be prosecuted as such, as is affirmed in the Platform.  We reject the false claim that the freedom to homeschool is in any way culpable to abuse or neglect; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the State Republican Executive Committee calls upon our elected officials and Republican candidates for office to strongly affirm the right of parents to have the freedom of choice in the education of their children, and that homeschooling liberties in Texas shall not be denied, diminished, abridged, or abated in any way.

PASSED: State Republican Executive Committee, 1/27/18