“We realized it was going to be a moral, spiritual, and political battle that we were willing to fight.” Taking a Stand in Texas: The Battle for Home School Freedom, documentary.
On June 9, Texas homeschool families will celebrate “Leeper Day,” set aside to honor the 1994 Texas Supreme Court decision on the landmark court case (Leeper v. Arlington ISD) that legalized homeschooling in the Lone Star state. Twenty one years later, it is the current governor, Greg Abbott, who has recognized this historical date.
In a proclamation, the Governor wrote, “In Texas, we believe families should be empowered to choose the best educational environment for their children. Homeschooling provides Texans with a variety of options and a unique environment for learning.”
Abbott also wrote, “As you celebrate the final decision of the Leeper case and the affirmation of homeschooling in Texas, I commend you for your dedication to educating the next generation.”
This was not always the case in Texas. Before Leeper, homeschooled families not only faced criminal charges for truancy but also lived with the real threat of having their children taken away from them.
Read the rest of the hard fought battle for Texas homeschooling freedom here.