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Home school freedoms threatened

Introduced by Representative Vicki Walker, House Bill 2174 would change the home school law in Oregon. (The law was amended just two years ago, during the 1999 legislative session.) H.B. 2174 would change current law in the following respects:

  • Parents who previously had been found guilty of truancy or who had even received notice from an attendance supervisor that a child was unlawfully absent from public school would be prohibited from ever conducting a home instruction program.

  • Parents desiring to teach their children at home would have to have at least a high school diploma or GED certificate.

  • Home schooling parents would be required to submit a notarized instructional plan at least once a year to the education service district which would include a description of the materials to be used in teaching each child and the times and places where the child would be taught.

  • The education service district would have to issue identification cards to each child being taught at home by his parents.

Home School Legal Defense Association is working with representatives of the Oregon Christian Educators Association Network to defeat this oppressive legislation. — Dewitt T. Black