Senate Bill 809: Home Education Freedom Bill


Last Updated: April 4, 2013
Senate Bill 809: Home Education Freedom Bill
By Senators Starr, Boquist, George, Knopp

As you may know, OCEANetwork has been hard at work to get the home education freedom bill re-introduced into the legislature to bring greater freedom to home education families in Oregon. Senate Bill 809 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.

House Bill 3446 has been introduced in the House and is identical to Senate Bill 809.

Senate Bill 809 is currently scheduled for a hearing on April 4 at 1 p.m. in the Education and Workforce Development 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, please call the committee members listed below. With your help we hope to see the current testing requirements removed from Oregon homeschool law!

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA strongly supports Senate Bill 809. We believe that homeschool parents should have the freedom to decide whether they want to test their children.

Action Requested:

1) Please come to the Capitol on April 4 for the Education and Workforce Development Committee hearing at 1 p.m. The hearing is scheduled to be in room HR C. OCEANetwork intends to have several people there to testify in favor of the bill. In order to permit these individuals to have the most amount of time we suggest you check with OCEANetwork if you would like to testify as well.

2) Please call the Education and Workforce Development Committee members listed below and give them this message in your own words:

“Please support Senate Bill 809. This bill will allow homeschool parents to evaluate their child’s progress in any way they see fit and in a manner that is best suited to their family. Senate Bill 809 will also remove the requirement that a test be provided to the local ESD. This reporting requirement adds no benefit to the child’s education. Home educators have earned the right to more freedom after demonstrating their success under the law for over 25 years.”

Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee

Sen. Mark Hass (D), Chair
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1714

Sen. Tim Knopp (R), Vice-Chair (co-sponsor of bill)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1727

Sen. Lee Beyer (D)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1706

Senator Jeff Kruse (R)
Phone: 503-986-1701

Sen. Arnie Roblan (D)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1705


3/11/13     (Senate)      Introduction and first reading. Referred to President's desk.
3/12/13     (Senate)      Referred to Education and Workforce Development.
4/4/13     (Senate)      Public Hearing and Possible Work Session scheduled.


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 Senate Bill 809 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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