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May / June 2003

A season to encourage

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National Center hosts 2003 Summit
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New homeschool law proposed

On February 17, 2003, legislation was introduced in the Oregon Senate which would give Oregon one of the best homeschool laws in the nation. Designated as Senate Bill 761 and introduced by Senator Bruce Starr, this legislation would repeal the notice and testing requirements of the homeschool law. Parents would be free to teach their children at home without any contact whatsoever with public school officials.

S.B. 761 would make the following changes in the current law:

>>expand the educational options for homeschoolers by providing that a child may be educated by the parent or legal guardian or "at the direction of" a parent or legal guardian, thereby permitting parents or guardians to appoint someone else to conduct some or all of the instruction;
>>repeal the requirement that parents notify the public school officials of their decision to homeschool;
>>repeal the testing requirements of the homeschool law, except for students participating in interscholastic activities at a public school; and
>>remove the requirement that the education service district or school district determine that a child under 18 is being homeschooled in order to get a driver's license.

Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985, approximately 18 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. Senate Bill 761 represents a continuation of legislative efforts to gain more freedom for parents.

Home educators are encouraged to contact their state legislators, urging them to vote for S.B. 761. To get the name and telephone number of your senator and representative, use Home School Legal Defense Association's Legislative Toolbox at

Dewitt T. Black