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6/6/2003 2:12:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Senate Passes Homeschool Freedom Bill; Calls Needed to Stop Veto

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June 6, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We are so close! The Home School Freedom Bill, Senate Bill 761, was
passed by the Oregon Senate 21-9 on June 3. (The bill is now referred
to as Senate Bill 761-A).

This significant expansion of your freedom would not have been
possible without all of your calls and letters to your state
legislators.

However, the Governor has urged various legislators to vote "no" on
Senate Bill 761 and has threatened to veto this legislation.

Here is a quote from the Coos Bay World yesterday: "Governor
Kulongoski spokeswoman Mary Ellen Glynn said Tuesday that no final
decision has been made, but that her boss is leaning toward vetoing
the bill."

"State School Superintendent Susan Castillo also opposes the bill,
saying that it would allow irresponsible or incompetent parents to
keep their child out of school and provide them with "no education at
all."

The Governor needs to hear from homeschoolers now. This bill has come
too far to be defeated by veto. Please write a letter and call the
Governor immediately.

REQUESTED ACTION

1) We urge you to write Governor Kulongoski and ask him to sign
Senate Bill 761-A into law. Simply write a short letter with the bill
number clearly visible and end the letter with your address and
signature. You may have each of your children write a letter or
postcard, sending them separately. Write to Governor Kulongoski at:

The Honorable Ted Kulongoski
Governor of Oregon
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047

2) Call the Governor's comment line with this message (in your own
words): "Please sign SB 761-A into law. Homeschooling has proven
since 1985 that it works. Please lift the unnecessary regulation on
thousands of innocent families and save the state wasted tax
dollars."

Governor's comment line phone number: 503-378-4582

BACKGROUND

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.

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,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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