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July 7, 2009

House Bill 2797: Repeals Notification and Examination Requirements

Author:
Oregon Home Education Network and Oregon Christian Education Association Network

Summary:
House Bill 2797 has been introduced, which would remove the requirements that homeschools provide a notice of intent to homeschool and standardized testing to the Department of Education. Currently under Oregon law a parent must supply a notice of intent within 10 days of beginning homeschool. In addition a parent must provide an assessment test to be completed for grades 3, 5, 8, 10.

This bill would broaden the rights of parents with regard to the education of their children and reduce the amount of government control over children attending private homeschools. House Bill 2797 will place homeschool programs in a similar situation as private schools.

Status:

2/23/2009 (House) Introduced
2/25/2009 (House) Referred to House Education Committee
4/15/2009 (House) Referred to House Education Committee

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.B. 2797.

Action Requested:
No action is requested at this time.

Background:

There have been several attempts over the past few years to bring greater freedom to homeschool families in Oregon. This legislation has passed both the House and Senate in prior year but the governor has vetoed the bill. The goal with House Bill 2797 is to obtain a sufficient margin in the legislature to override a potential governor’s veto and continue to push for greater freedom in Oregon. Like the widow at the judge’s door in Luke 18, we will continue to bring our petition before the governor to persuade him to sign the Home Education Equity Bill in law!

Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985, nearly 25 years ago. Since that time, numerous efforts have been made to enact amendments providing more freedom to parents. The most recent change in the law occurred in 1999 when significant progress was made in reducing state oversight of homeschooling. House Bill 2797 represents a continuation of legislative efforts to gain more freedom for parents.

If House Bill 2797 is enacted, Oregon will join a growing majority of states requiring no standardized testing of homeschooled students.

 Other Resources

E-lert—4/13/2009—Oregon--Your Action Needed on Favorable Homeschool Bill!

Bill Text

Bill History