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5/19/2003 3:26:59 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--House Votes Wednesday on Homeschool Bill

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May 19, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your calls are needed again! On Wednesday of this week the Oregon
House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 761, the
Homeschool Freedom Bill. This is the next big hurdle in the effort to
give Oregon home educators freedom from unnecessary state oversight.

If the House passes this bill, it will go back to the Senate for a
final legislative vote to concur in amendments made by the House
Education Committee earlier. The Senate is expected to act favorably
on the amendments, but the important thing now is that the full House
pass this bill when it votes on Wednesday.

Your calls to members of the Oregon House of Representatives are
crucial to passage of S.B. 761. This legislation will not be enacted
without your active participation in lobbying legislators to vote for
it.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please contact your state representative and give him 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 state representative,
use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox. If
you do not have Internet access, you may call the legislature to find
out information about your state representative 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 state representative 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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