The Home School Court Report
No. 3

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Bill Threatens Homeschool Freedom

On the first day of Oklahoma’s 2007 legislative session, Senator Jim Wilson introduced a bill that would have radically altered homeschool freedom in the Sooner State—up to this point, the only state with a constitutional provision that guarantees the right of parents to teach their children at home, with no strings and no reporting attached.

Senate Bill 375 would have required parents to notify their local school district of their intent to homeschool before the first day of each school year or within 10 days of beginning their homeschool program. The bill also would have required parents to submit a report of their child’s academic progress to the local school district twice a year.

Once S.B. 375 was introduced, Home School Legal Defense Association sent out an email alert to our members and friends regarding this attack on homeschool freedom. Hundreds of e-lert subscribers then called and emailed the Senate Education Committee, urging it to kill the bill. Within two days, HSLDA received confirmation from a co-chairman of the education committee that S.B. 375 would not be heard, effectively meaning that the bill was killed. Thanks to the quick response of the many Oklahomans who contacted the education committee, homeschooling freedom remains intact!

With the help of Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation, Christian Home Educators Fellowship of Oklahoma, and many other Oklahoma homeschoolers, HSLDA continues to monitor attacks against homeschool freedom in this state.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt