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2/4/2005 4:55:53 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Calls Needed to Secure Cosponsors for Homeschool Equity Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 4, 2005

Oregon--Calls Needed to Secure Cosponsors for Homeschool Equity Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your help to expand freedom for homeschoolers in Oregon.
Please call your Representative and Senator and ask them to co-sponsor
the "Home School Equity Bill", LC 1462.

We are working with the OCEANetwork to pass the Homeschool Equity
Bill. We have a two-fold purpose in this effort: 1) increase freedom
in Oregon for homeschooling families and 2) counteract the restrictive
homeschool legislation that has already been introduced.

Senator Bruce Starr has already sponsored the Homeschool Equity Bill
in the Senate but we need your help to secure co-sponsors in order to
demonstrate that this bill has wide support.

We are seeking bi-partisan support for this bill and hope to attract
co-sponsors from both parties. Please help by contacting your state
representative and state senator NOW.


1) Contact your state senator and state representative now to request
that he or she co-sponsor Senator Bruce Starr's "Home Education Equity
Bill", LC 1462. Please give them this message:

"Please co-sponsor the "Home School Equity Bill", LC 1462. This bill
will better protect a parent's right to direct their children's
education. Homeschoolers continue to excel academically and have
earned the right to this relief. You can contact Senator Bruce Starr's
office to join as a co-sponsor."

You can find your legislator's phone number and address by using
HSLDA's legislative toolbox at or by
typing in your street address at .

By far the best way to approach your Representative or Senator is by
personal contact. However, if you are unable to meet with your
Representative or Senator, you could talk with them over the phone
about the bill.

Be prepared to give your name and address so that your Representative
or Senator will know that you live in their district. As a constituent
of your elected official you have the potential to be very influential
in convincing them to co-sponsor the Homeschool Equity Bill.

2) If you make a contact or an appointment, let the OCEANnetwork know
by sending a message to (with "Equity Bill"
in the subject).

3) Pray as we work together and continue this fight to protect and
defend the rights of parents to teach their children at home.


LC 1462 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

- repeal the requirement that parents notify 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


Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985, approximately 20 years
ago. Since that time, numerous efforts have been made to enact
amendments providing more freedom to parents. The most recent change
occurred in 1999 when significant progress was made in reducing state
oversight of homeschooling. As many of you know, in 2003 a bill was
introduced to gain more freedom for parents. Even though the bill
passed both the Senate and the House, the Governor of Oregon vetoed
the bill. This time we hope to have enough votes to override any
potential veto.

We need to continue to fight for homeschool freedom. It is especially
important to introduce and pass this legislation since Senate Bill
165, a bill to restrict the freedoms of homeschoolers in Oregon, has
been already introduced.

For more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in
Oregon, visit our website at:


Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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