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2/17/2004 2:31:32 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oklahoma--Update SB 895 - Homeschoolers Help Defeat Math Test as Driver Qualification

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February 17, 2004


Oklahoma--Update SB 895 - Homeschoolers Help Defeat Math Test as
Driver Qualification


Dear HSLDA members and friends:


Your phone calls turned the tide!

The Senate Education committee voted Monday morning to kill SB 895,
which would have required all students--including homeschoolers--to
pass a state-approved math test to obtain a driver's license before
age 18.

The vote was 7 in favor of the bill to 8 opposed, so this was a close
one. Your calls transformed a likely defeat into a win. During the
hearing, several committee members expressed surprise at the number
of calls and e-mails opposing the bill. It is indisputable that the
concerns of homeschoolers influenced the final outcome.


The votes were as follows:

Williams yes
Laster yes
Wilcoxson yes
Cain yes
Coffee yes
Robinson yes
Kerr yes

Lawler no
Milacek no
Rabon no
Riley no
Johnson no
Rozell no
Ford no
Harrison no


In the spirit of SB 895, another pending bill, HB 2147, would require
passing a state-approved geography and history test to obtain a
driver's license. Perhaps the defeat of SB 895 will help persuade
lawmakers in the House that HB 2147 does not even deserve a hearing!

A driver's license is too important to be trivialized as a carrot to
motivate students to learn. Gimmicks like these help no one in the
long run.

Our thanks to Rick Williamson of Oklahoma Christian Home Educator's
Consociation for contributing information in this elert.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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