Should parents get to decide what their children learn if they're homeschooled? Should the state be able to test children and force them to attend school if they don't learn quite enough? Could there be truancy charges filed against parents for not teaching their children adequately?
A Texas court case may have a huge impact on homeschoolers nationwide. To hear the Washington Post tell it, a couple of wackadoodle fundies just hung out in a vacant motorcycle dealership and didn't do a blessed thing to teach their kids because the rapture was gonna happen soon anyway. The eldest kid eventually ran away at 17 and had to be placed in school as a freshman because her level of learning was so crapful that school officials didn't think she could handle senior classes.
"The El Paso school district eventually asked the McIntyres to provide
proof that their children were being properly educated and even filed
truancy charges that were later dropped. The family sued and had an
appeals court rule against them, but now the case goes Monday to the
all-Republican state Supreme Court. In court filings, the
McIntyres say the district is biased against Christians and accuse its
officials of mounting a 'startling assertion of sweeping governmental
So far as I can tell, "proof that children are being properly educated" is not required under Texas homeschooling law, but parents are required to teach certain subjects in a "bona fide" manner and it doesn't sound like that's been done here.
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