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Daytime Curfew Defeated

In late October, the city of Newberg attempted to pass a daytime curfew for children between the ages of 7 and 18. This daytime curfew would have authorized the Newberg-Dundee Police Department to stop and question any school-age child in the city who was not in school during regular school hours and to place any child suspected to be in violation of the ordinance into protective custody until the offender could be returned to school or a legal guardian.

After learning of this ordinance, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family residing in Newberg contacted the Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork) and HSLDA for help. HSLDA reviewed the Newburg daytime ordinance, and HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas Schmidt wrote a memo to the Newburg City Council members, opposing the daytime curfew proposal.

OCEANetwork helped alert homeschool families in the community about the daytime curfew and the upcoming vote on the ordinance by the Newberg City Council. An OCEANetwork board member drove an hour to attend the City Council meeting and testify against the ordinance. Several HSLDA members and others in the community also testified against it.

Early on in the meeting, it became clear that the Newberg City Council had every intention of passing the daytime curfew. However, the strong testimony against the daytime curfew and the homeschool families in attendance opposing the ordinance caused the city council to waver. After one councilman spoke against the ordinance and HSLDA’s opposition memo was summarized for the council members, the ordinance was voted down. By God’s grace, the daytime curfew was defeated by a vote of 5 to 0 with one councilman abstaining.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt