A SUMMARY OF TEXAS HOME SCHOOL LAW

Texas Home School Laws

(excerpts from the THSC website, June 2013)

Home Education in Texas
The home school law in Texas is one of the best for home educators in the United States; here, people are still free. Texas leads the nation in the number of families who home school. THSC Association estimates that more than 120,000 families in the state have chosen this tutorial method of education and that they are teaching more than 300,000 children at home.

Home Schooling Is Legal
Home schools in Texas have been determined by the Texas courts to be private schools, and private schools are not regulated by the state of Texas. Parents do not have to “register” with the state, and home school students are not required to be “enrolled” in an accredited program. There are no requirements such as teacher certification or curriculum approval. The ruling in the landmark Leeper case states that “a parent or one standing in parental authority” may educate a child. A home school may have whatever curricula the parents decide upon in whatever mode they choose, provided the curricula cover the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, math, and a study in good citizenship, and that the curricula are followed in a bone fide way (not a sham).

Government Agency Directives
Despite the legality of home education in Texas, many home school families have encountered problems when dealing with federal, state, and local agency officials. To address these issues, at the request of THSC Association, many of these agencies have issued memos or letters clarifying their policies and have instituted procedures regarding home education and the law.

Home Schooling Works
Home schooling is not just a legitimate means of education. Many families have found that their students have done extremely well academically having been educated at home and have gone on to be quite successful as adults. A large number of home schooled students attend college. In 2004 the Texas legislature passed a law that requires state-supported institutions of higher education to accept home school graduates without discrimination and on the same basis that their public school counterparts are accepted. Read a memo from the Texas commissioner of higher education to all Texas public institutions of higher education.

 For more information about Texas home school laws, please visit the THSC website at www.thsc.org .