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Texas Case Sees Religious Liberty, Home-School Rules Collide

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AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court is hearing the case of an El Paso family that could shake up booming home-school ranks in Texas and beyond.

At issue: where do religious liberty and rights to educate one's own children stop, and obligations to ensure home-schooled students actually learn something begin?

The court hears Monday arguments about the McIntyres, accused of not teaching their nine hone-schooled children anything because they were "waiting to be raptured."

The family says the kids were educated and that the El Paso school district is anti-Christian. The district counters that it should be allowed to investigate complaints learning isn't taking place.

An appeals court already ruled against the family.

The number of home-school students nationwide has increased dramatically. By some estimates, Texas has more than any other state.

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