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As you may know, OCEANetwork has been hard at work to get two bills introduced into the legislature to bring greater freedom to home education families in Oregon. House Bill 3446 would remove the testing requirement in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 for all homeschool students. This bill would also allow an alternative to testing if a student wanted to participate in interscholastic activities.
Senate Bill 809 is identical to House Bill 2446
House Bill 2446 is currently scheduled for a hearing on April 8 at 1 p.m. in the House Education Committee. We would like to see as many people as possible come out to the hearing in support of this bill!
If you are not able to make it to the hearing on Senate Bill 809 or on House Bill 3446 please contact the committee members. With your help we hope to see the current testing requirements removed from Oregon homeschool law!
HSLDA strongly supports House Bill 3446. We believe that homeschool parents should have the freedom to determine whether their children should be tested or not.
3/7/13 (House) First reading. Referred to Speaker's desk.
3/8/13 (House) Referred to Education.
4/8/13 (House) Public Hearing and Possible Work Session scheduled.
6/29/13 (House) Bill died when Legislature adjourned.
OCEANetwork and HSLDA have attempted to pass similar bills in the past to bring greater freedom to homeschool families in Oregon. While some of these bills have passed both the House and Senate, the governor has vetoed the legislation. We are extremely hopeful that the current administration will support this bill. However, our goal with Senate Bill 809 and House Bill 3446 is to obtain a sufficient margin in the legislature to override a potential governor’s veto. We need a strong showing at the Capitol to help make this possible!
Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985, approximately 28 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. These bills represent a continuation of legislative efforts to gain more freedom for parents.
If House Bill 3446 is enacted, Oregon will join a growing majority of states requiring no standardized testing of homeschooled students. Oregon has the potential through this legislation to go from a state with a good homeschool law to a state with a great homeschool law. Let’s work hard together to get this done this year!
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