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4/29/2003 4:34:20 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Committee Hearing on Senate Bill 761 Tomorrow!

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April 29, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Tomorrow, April 30, the Oregon House Education committee will conduct
a hearing on Senate Bill 761 at 1:00 p.m. in Hearing Room E at the
State Capitol in Salem. This is an especially important hearing,
because the House Education Committee is considering whether to send
SB 761 to the full House in light of the Governor's threat to veto
this legislation. Your calls to the Committee members and your
attendance at this hearing are needed to demonstrate homeschoolers'
support for this important legislation.

SB 761 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.

REQUESTED ACTION

(1) We urge you to contact members of the House Education Committee
listed below 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."

Members of House Education Committee:

Rep. Vic Backlund, Chair
503-986-1425
rep.vicbacklund@state.or.us

Rep. Pat Farr, Vice-Chair
503-986-1414
rep.patfarr@state.or.us

Rep. Elaine M. Hopson, Vice-Chair
503-986-1432

Rep. Brad Avakian
503-986-1434
rep.bradavakian@state.or.us

Rep. Billy Dalto
503-986-1421
rep.billydalto@state.or.us

Rep. Mary Nolan
503-986-1436
rep.marynolan@state.or.us

Rep. Wayne Scott
503-986-1439
rep.waynescott@state.or.us

(2) Please attend the hearing of the House Education Committee at the
State Capitol on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in Hearing Room E. This bill
will not get through the Oregon Legislative Assembly without the
enthusiastic and visible support of home educators.

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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