The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 4
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July / August 2003


FEATURES
Homeschoolers shine at competitions
Ready for the new school year
Farris given prize
The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

Signs of the turning tide

Timeline of the Stumbo case

The Stumbos' thoughts
Bush signs bill to protect families

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

The National Center for Home Education
Freedom Watch

Watching school choice issues
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Active Cases
About Campus
President's page

Beyond our expectations

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for March/April 2003



  LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  



ACROSS THE STATES

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OREGON

Governor vetoes homeschool bill

In a major disappointment to home educators in Oregon, on June 16, 2003, Governor Ted Kulongoski vetoed legislation that would have removed unnecessary state oversight of homeschools. Senate Bill 761 had passed both the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives by healthy margins, but there were not enough votes in the House to attempt an override of the governor's veto.

Senate Bill 761 would have made the following changes in the current law:

>>expanded 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;
>>repealed the requirement that parents notify public school officials of their decision to homeschool;
>>repealed the testing requirements of the homeschool law, except for students participating in interscholastic activities at a public school; and
>>removed 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 represented a continuation of legislative efforts to gain more freedom for parents. Homeschool leaders in Oregon plan to have a similar bill introduced in the next legislative session in 2005.

Dewitt T. Black