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1/12/2005 3:30:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Bill Threatens Homeschool Freedom!

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January 12, 2005


Oregon--Bill Threatens Homeschool Freedom!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On Monday, January 10th, the Oregon Legislature opened for the 2005
session. Almost immediately a bill was introduced that threatens the
freedom of homeschoolers in Oregon.

Senate Bill 165 would make two substantial changes to the current law.
First, anyone teaching their children at home would have to annually
notify the Education Service District (ESD). Current law only requires
a resident to give notice to the ESD once.

Second, under SB 165 the standardized achievement tests required in
grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 would be required to be submitted to the ESD.
Currently, you are only required to submit test scores if they are
requested by the ESD.

These changes to homeschool freedoms in Oregon represent a troubling
step in the wrong direction. Amazingly, SB 165 asserts that these
changes to the homeschool law are required because an emergency exists
and the bill must be enacted for the immediate preservation of the
public peace, health and safety.

The notion that private home education must be further regulated to
preserve the public peace, health and safety of the state is
offensive. Originating from Oregon, the U.S. Supreme Court case
Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 1076, has had a profound impact
on the freedom and liberty of parents to direct the upbringing and
education of their children. As guaranteed by the Fourteenth
Amendment, the Court clearly recognized the "right, coupled with the
high duty" of parents to direct and prepare their child in educational
matters. Homeschool parents in Oregon are fulfilling their God-given
responsibility to ensure the very best for their children by teaching
them at home.

HSLDA and OCEANetwork will continue to work to defeat any attempt to
remove the current freedom parents have in teaching their children at
home. OCEANetwork will attempt to introduce the "Complete Homeschool
Freedom" bill in the next few days. This bill would remove homeschools
from any government oversight and put them on the level of private
schools, which are already free.

Senate Bill 165 was introduced by the Senate President at the request
of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo. However,
the bill itself states that it was introduced "in conformance with
pre-session filing rules, indicating neither advocacy nor opposition
on the part of the President." There are no other sponsors of the
bill. In light of these facts no action is necessary at this time.
We will update you shortly on any action to be taken to defeat SB 165
and the work needed to realize complete freedom for homeschoolers
across the state.


Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney




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