The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Across the States
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Home School Heartbeat in Oregon

Baker City
KANL
90.7
FM
Coos Bay
KYTT
98.7
FM
Grants Pass
KAPK
91.1
FM
Happy Valley
KKPZ
1330
AM
Hillsboro
Christian Indie Music Sampler

INTERNET
Portland
KPDQ
800
AM
Portland
KPDQ
93.9
FM
Salem
KCCS
1220
AM
Scio
K217EI
91.3
FM
The Dalles
K220GX
91.9
FM
Winston
KGRV
700
AM
Oregon

Home School Law Improved
    On July 14, 1999, Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law House Bill 3013, which significantly improves the home school law of Oregon. Passage of this legislation is the successful culmination of efforts by home school leaders in Oregon over the past four years. Salient points of the new law follow:

  • Parents are now only required to notify the education service district (ESD) of their decision to home school when they begin, not every year as required by prior law. In addition, home schooling parents who move to another ESD during the school year must notify the new ESD in writing.
  • ESDs are no longer required to acknowledge receipt of the notice of home schooling before a child is withdrawn from public school and taught by a parent.
  • Instead of the annual standardized testing requirement, now students must be tested only in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10.
  • Test results are to be submitted to the ESD by parents only if requested by the superintendent of the ESD.
  • Under prior law, the superintendent of the ESD had the authority to terminate home schooling for the remainder of the school year if a child did not make satisfactory educational progress as indicated by the second annual standardized test. Under the new law, a child who scores below the 15th percentile must be tested again within one year. If the test score continues to decline over a three-year period, the superintendent may terminate the home schooling for 12 months.
  • The new law recognizes that children with disabilities may receive special education and related services through a privately developed plan. These children do not have to take standardized achievement tests to determine academic progress unless their plan recommends testing. If testing is not recommended, these children are to be evaluated by service providers selected by the parent. Parents whose children are receiving special education and related services through the school district will continue to be evaluated for academic progress according to the recommendations of the child’s individualized education plan (IEP).
  • The new law places in the statute the requirement that a student desiring to participate in interscholastic activities score at or above the 23rd percentile on an annual standardized test. Prior law contained this requirement only in the administrative rules. The new law also authorizes local school districts to consult with the parent in developing alternative methods for determining eligibility, such as a portfolio review of school work.
    The new law went into effect at the time it was signed by the governor, so Oregon home schoolers will enjoy a less restrictive environment beginning with the 1999–2000 school year.