Party politics, specifically the Republican Party convention process, is the process through which the state platform is constructed. What is put into the party platform not only serves as a good indication of how the party feels about a particular issue, but also strongly influences the policies that are passed into law.
Because of this, THSC distributes draft resolutions every two years for families to take to their precinct and county conventions for addition into the party platform. THSC staff attends the Republican Party conventions to shepherd family-friendly policies through the process.
How You Can Get Involved
Generally, these are the steps to getting involved in your political party:
- Attend your precinct convention.
- Bring a copy of the written resolution that you want to see added to the party platform.
- Attend your county convention.
- After passing the resolution at your precinct convention, attend your county convention to help push the resolution to the state convention.
- Represent your precinct and county at the your party’s state convention.
- You may be chosen to represent your precinct and county at the state convention.
- The state convention is where resolutions are ultimately considered, debated and voted on to be added into the party platform.
Does THSC Have Draft Resolutions For Your Party Platform?
THSC has three pro-family resolutions that we recommend taking to your precinct and county conventions:
1. Protecting Families and Parental Rights
THSC firmly believes that the best place for a child is in a home with loving parents. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has made the Constitutional protections for parental rights clear, state law does not reflect the same protections. THSC’s resolution would require that state law be amended to include the Constitutionally-required protections for families.
2. University Interscholastic League (UIL) Equal Access for Homeschoolers
Currently, many homeschool families have no access to extracurricular activities or else cannot afford the options close to them, even though they pay taxes to support the extracurricular activities at their local public schools. 34 other states currently allow homeschool students access to these tax-funded opportunities.
THSC believes that families should be empowered to choose the options that work best for them. For many families, UIL opportunities are the best or only option for certain activities; but homeschool families are currently denied equal access. THSC’s resolution would amend the party platform to allow equal access to UIL activities for homeschool students.
3. Protecting your right to home school
THSC believes that families have a God-given right and the high responsibility to raise and educate their children. The state has no business intruding into a families decision to educate their children at home. Unfortunately, several states have recently attempted to increase regulation on home schools in response to the Turpin case in California. THSC drafted the following resolution for you to present at your precinct or county convention to reaffirm Texas’ support of families’ right to home school.
We believe that the best place for children is in a home with loving parents and that homeschooling is the best education model. Getting involved in your local political party in order to advocate for Texas homeschoolers is just one more way that you can continue the battle for Keeping Texas Families Free!