Young lobbyists push for home-school, parental rights
Six young men in suits sit around a table in the library in the Capitol. One hands a short stack of white papers to another. He takes a brief look at the cover sheet, looks back up and begins pumping his fist and mouthing, ‚ÄúYeah!‚ÄĚ
It‚Äôs a bill, just filed by state Sen. Donna Campbell, that the team of lobbyists ‚ÄĒ some of the youngest registered in the state ‚ÄĒ has been fighting for since the Legislature convened in January.
The group of home-schooled graduates, ages 19 to 23, call themselves the Watchmen, a reference to Isaiah 62:6: ‚ÄúOn your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent.‚ÄĚ
They lobby on behalf of the Texas Home School Coalition ‚ÄĒ and an estimated 300,000 home-schoolers in Texas ‚ÄĒ and they have been anything but silent this week, making the rounds to House and Senate offices and speaking at a Senate committee hearing....