Home-Schooler Chairs Texas Board of Education

Thomas Ratliff, a fellow Republican on the Texas Board of Education, said, “Public school isn’t for everybody, but when 94 percent of our students in Texas attend public schools I think it ought to be a baseline requirement that the chair of the State Board of Education have at least some experience in that realm, as a parent, teacher, something.”

Bahorich said those who have a problem with her are mistaken if they believe she has a problem with public education.

She told the Dallas Morning News the decision to school her oldest son at home was a matter of convenience more than anything else. The family had just moved to another state in November, so it would have been tough to get her son, Mark, enrolled in kindergarten.

“I soon discovered that I really enjoyed being the teacher, even with as much work as it was. I loved opening those doors and turning on those lights in his head,” Bahorich said. “It was a tremendous amount of work, but it is something that I think back on and it was fun. And I just kept doing it. It just rolled from one year to the next and I enjoyed it.”

Bahorich stressed she doesn’t think home-schooling is the only way for parents and children in Texas.

“I am definitely a conservative, but I don’t think of myself of being in a particular box. It is about individual issues for me,” she said “I am convinced that a strong public education system built this country to where we are today, and we can’t let that go by the wayside.”

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