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5/18/2004 3:37:31 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Come to Salem to Protect Your Homeschool Freedom!

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May 18, 2004


Oregon--Come to Salem to Protect Your Homeschool Freedom!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your presence at the Capitol building in Salem is needed to help
protect homeschool freedom in Oregon. On Wednesday, May 19, the Senate
Interim Education Committee will hold a hearing on whether to increase
the requirements to current homeschool law.

Oceanetwork will be testifying at the hearing in opposition to adding
to the current law. We need you to be at the hearing to show the
Senate Committee that homeschooling families are opposed to additional
homeschool regulations, which have been proven to be unnecessary.

Please make every effort to come to the Senate hearing in Room B at
the State Capitol building. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00
a.m. If you are unable to attend please consider helping to make it
possible for other families in your area to attend.

By standing together now we can prevent dangerous legislation from
being introduced next session. Come defend homeschool freedom in
Oregon!


REQUESTED ACTION:

1) Please come to the Senate Interim Education Committee hearing on
the homeschool laws tomorrow, May 19, 2004. The hearing will be at
11:00 a.m. in Room B of the State Capitol in Salem.

2) Please pray that Oceanetwork and others would be able to
effectively testify and that the truant officer's testimony would be
successfully overcome.

Reasons We Oppose Adding to the Current Laws:

- Statistics show that higher regulation--such as mandatory testing
does not help homeschool students. Studies show that homeschoolers
score 20 to 30 percentile points higher than other students. Forcing
them to take tests when their performance has already been proven is
senseless.

- Currently 41 states (including Oregon) recognize the right of
parents to teach their children without any specific teacher
qualifications. Studies have shown that the level of education that a
parent has does not figure significantly in a homeschool student's
achievement. If you compare students in public school or homeschool
based upon the education level of their parents, homeschooled students
will still perform 20 to 30 percentile points higher than public
school students. In fact, if you compare students of parents with less
than a high school education, homeschooled students perform 40 to 50
percentile points higher than public school students.

- No state requires a parent to provide the time and location of their
home education program. This would add a significant burden on
families who do not follow traditional school hours or their children
receive education from many different locations (community college,
co-op, apprenticeship, etc.)

- Under the current law a parent must be educating the child in order
to be exempt from public school attendance. If parents were truly not
educating their children as claimed by the truant officer, they would
already be in violation of the compulsory education laws in Oregon.
Thus, any school district already has the ability to protect those
children who are not being educated at home by their parents.


BACKGROUND:

The Oregon Interim Education Committee is holding the hearing tomorrow
to consider whether to add to the current requirements for
homeschooling families in several different areas. Among the issues
being considered are requiring parents to provide the Education
Service District (ESD) or local School District with:

- a list of the materials to be used in the home education program;
- the time and place of the instruction; and
- require that the parent have at least the equivalent of a high
school education.

This hearing is being held at the request of a truant officer from the
Springfield School District who believes that there are many
homeschooling families in Oregon who are simply putting their name on
a notice of intent form with no real intent to educate their children.


The truant officer is reported to have stated that he believes that
nearly 30-50% of homeschooling families in his district are not
educating their children. He has provided no evidence to support these
wild claims. The vast majority of families homeschooling their
children are doing so, not out of laziness as the truant officer
suggests, but out of a desire to train their children to be
contributing members of society and for the Kingdom of God.


Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney






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