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2/28/2003 5:01:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Favorable Revisions to Homeschool Law

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February 28, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

I am pleased to share with you that 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.

This is a wonderful opportunity for home educators to achieve freedom
in Oregon, but it will require that legislators hear from
homeschoolers every step of the way. This legislation will not be
enacted without your active participation in lobbying legislators to
vote for it.

REQUESTED ACTION

We urge you to contact your state Senator with this message:

"Please vote for Senate Bill 761 which will relieve homeschooling
parents from unnecessary state oversight. Home educators have earned
the right to more freedom after demonstrating their success under the
law for the past 18 years."

To get the name and telephone number of your senator, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox. If you do not
have Internet access, you can call the legislature to find out
information about your Senator at one of the numbers below:

If you do not live in the Salem area, the toll free telephone number
is 800-332-2313. In the Salem area, the number is 503-986-1187. For
further information about your Senator call the Legislative Liaison
at 503-986-1000.

REASONS WE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION

Senate Bill 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.

BACKGROUND

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.

If Senate Bill 761 is enacted, Oregon will join a growing majority of
states requiring no standardized testing of homeschooled students.
Further, public school officials will have no record of children
being homeschooled, because parents will not be required to even
notify public school officials of their decision to conduct home
instruction. Oregon has the potential through this legislation to go
from a state with a good homeschool law to a state with a great
homeschool law. Let's work hard together to get this done this year.

To see more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring
in Oregon, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/OR/default.asp

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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