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2/7/2005 12:21:28 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Urgent! Calls Needed to Stop School District Control of Homeschoolers

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February 7, 2005


Oregon--Urgent! Calls Needed to Stop School District Control of
Homeschoolers


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your calls now to eliminate a portion of Senate Bill 415 that
would place restrictions on homeschoolers and to add a section to the
bill that would increase homeschool freedoms! We are working together
with OCEANetwork on a two part strategy to achieve this goal.

First, we want to remove the section in Senate Bill 415 that would
reorganize the current Education Service Districts (ESD's) by reducing
the number of districts from twenty to eight. This section of SB 415
would also remove several large school districts from the ESD system.
Homeschool parents living in these large school districts would be
required to send their notice of intent and any test results directly
to the school district instead of the ESD. This would reduce the
freedom of homeschooling parents in Oregon and allow the local school
district superintendent to force parents to send their children to
public school if they score poorly on standardized achievement tests
three years in a row.

Secondly, we would like to use this opportunity to amend the bill to
add the provisions of the "Homeschool Equity Bill." These amendments
would remove the requirement that homeschool parents notify public
school officials when they decide to teach their children at home. It
would also eliminate the testing requirement in grades 3, 5, 8, and
10.

Please call now since the Senator Education and Workforce Committee
has scheduled a hearing on this bill from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tonight!


ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call and e-mail all of the members of the Senator Education
and Workforce Committee and give them this message in your own words:

"Please vote to remove the section in Senate Bill 415 that would
require homeschool parents to report to their local school district
rather than the Education Service District. This would cause a lot of
unnecessary confusion between parents and public school officials.

Please vote to amend Senate Bill 415 to remove the supervision of
private home education. The amendments proposed by OCEANetwork will
save taxpayer dollars and allow homeschool parents to be free to
determine what is best for the education of their children."

Senate Education and Workforce Committee members:

Senator Vicki L Walker, Chair
Phone: 503-986-1707
sen.vickiwalker@state.or.us

Senator Charles Starr, Vice-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1713
sen.charlesstarr@state.or.us

Senator Ryan Deckert
Phone: 503-986-1714
sen.ryandeckert@state.or.us

Senator Jeff Kruse
Phone: 503-986-1701
sen.jeffkruse@state.or.us

Senator Bill Morrisette
Phone: 503-986-1706
sen.billmorrisette@state.or.us


BACKGROUND:

Oregon currently has twenty Education Services Districts (ESD's) which
oversee all of the local public school districts. Under the home
education laws, a homeschool family must submit their notice of intent
to teach their children at home and submit, upon request, the test
results for grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 to their ESD. This prevents a
family from being subject to their local school district and removes
homeschoolers from scrutiny at the local level.

If Senate Bill 415 is enacted, many homeschool families will find
themselves reporting to their local public school district. If a child
does poorly on one of the standardized achievement tests in grades 3,
5, 8, or 10 they would be required to be given another test the next
year. If another poor test result occurs then the local public school
superintendent could order the family to be under the supervision of a
certified teacher. The homeschool parent would be responsible for
paying for their own supervision. If a third test result is negative
then the local public school district superintendent would have the
ability to order the family to send that child to the public school.

To see more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in
Oregon, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2068

Thank you for fighting for freedom in Oregon.

Sincerely,


Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1943

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