The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 1
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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 1999
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Cover Story
Home Visits Ruled Unconstitutional by Mass. Supreme Judicial Court

Special Features
A Scorecard for the 105th Congress

Another Home Schooling Statesman

National Center Reports
Vocational Education Bill Passes With Protection

Preparing for the 106th Congress

FDIC Drafts “Know Your Customer” Regulations

Children’s Scholarship Fund Moves Forward

Free Computers for Home Schoolers

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

Notes to Members

Prayer and Praise

Active Cases

President’s Page

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Oklahoma
Youth Commission Wants More Regs
    In its 1998 annual report, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth said:
    Home schooling provides a vital and necessary alternative to public education. Unfortunately, however, due to the fact that Oklahoma has no statutory guidelines for home schooling, it is all too often used as a shield from the state truancy laws, while the child receives no education at all. Oklahoma is one of the very few states that has no criteria or standards governing home schools.
    The commission evidently did not consider the Oklahoma Constitution as worthy of mention in its report. Section 4, Article 13 of the Oklahoma Constitution requires that every child receive an education. If a family is truly not educating a child, proceedings can be brought against them under existing truancy laws (see OSA 70 section 10-105A). No new laws are needed.
    At a recent commission hearing, members of the home schooling community testified that no new laws are needed. After the hearing, it appeared that the commission agreed. Home School Legal Defense Association hopes that this is the end of the commission’s dabbling in educational issues, but we will be watching to see what next year’s report says.

Oklahoma
    With a mountain being defined as any elevation over 2,000 feet, Oklahoma claims that its 1,999-foot rise known as Cavanal is the world’s highest hill.