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3/15/2005 4:07:54 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Please Write to the Governor in Support of the Home Education Equity Bill

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March 15, 2005


Oregon--Please Write to the Governor in Support of the Home Education
Equity Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The Home Education Equity Bill has been introduced in the Oregon
legislature. Unfortunately, Governor Ted Kulongoski vetoed the last
attempt to increase freedom for homeschool parents. We need you to
write to the Governor in order to show him that homeschoolers have not
given up on their fight for freedom.

As you may know Home School Legal Defense Association, OCEANetwork,
and Oregon Home Educators Network have been working to introduce the
Home Education Equity Bill to further homeschool freedom in Oregon.
Thanks to your calls eighteen Representatives and thirteen Senators
are sponsoring House Bill 2733.

Since May 1-7, 2005, has been declared "Home Education Week" the House
Education Committee Chairman has agreed to hold a hearing on H.B. 2733
on May 4, 2005. This is also "Apple Pie Day" at the Capitol; the day
when all legislators in Oregon receive a home-baked apple pie and a
packet of information on home education. We encourage you to plan on
coming to the Capitol to take part in the hearing and meet with your
legislators.


ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please write to Governor Ted Kulongoski, via letter and email, and
give him this message in your own words:

"Please support House Bill 2733. This bill will save taxpayer dollars
and allow homeschool parents the freedom to determine what is in the
best interests of their children without reporting requirements that
add no benefit to their child's education. Home educators have earned
the right to more freedom after demonstrating their success under the
homeschool law for the past 20 years."

Mailing Address:
Governor Kulongski
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047

E-mail: representative.citizen@state.or.us

2) Please contact your state Representative and state Senator urging
them to support H.B. 2733. You can give them this message in your own
words:

"Please support House Bill 2733. This bill will save taxpayer dollars
and allow homeschool parents the freedom to determine what is in the
best interests of their children without reporting requirements that
add no benefit to their child's education. Home educators have earned
the right to more freedom after demonstrating their success under the
homeschool law for the past 20 years."

If your Representative or Senator is a co-sponsor of H.B. 2733 please
thank them for their support. You can find the list of sponsors for
H.B. 2733 here http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2183

You can find your legislator's phone number and address by using
HSLDA's legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2 or
by typing in your street address at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2184

3) Please come to the Capitol on May 4, 2005, for Apple Pie Day. For
more information see
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2185


BACKGROUND

A similar bill was introduced in the last legislative session to bring
greater freedom to homeschool families in Oregon. While this previous
legislation passed both the House and Senate the Governor vetoed the
bill. Our goal with H.B. 2733 is to obtain a sufficient margin in the
legislature to override a potential veto from the Governor. Like the
widow at the judge's door in Luke 18 we will continue to bring our
petition before the Governor to persuade him to sign the Home
Education Equity Bill.

Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985. Since that time,
numerous efforts have been made to enact amendments providing more
freedom to parents. The most recent change in the law occurred in 1999
when significant progress was made in reducing state oversight of
homeschooling. H.B. 2733 represents a continuation of legislative
efforts to gain more freedom for parents.

If H.B. 2733 is enacted, Oregon will join a growing majority of states
requiring no standardized testing of homeschooled students.
Furthermore, public school officials will have no record of children
being homeschooled, because parents will not be required to even
notify public school officials of their decision to conduct home
instruction. Oregon has the potential through this legislation to go
from a state with an average homeschool law to a state with a great
homeschool law. If everyone works hard towards this goal we can
achieve success this year.

For more information on H.B. 2733 and other bills HSLDA is monitoring
in Oregon, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/OR/default.asp

Thank you for fighting for freedom in Oregon.

Sincerely,


Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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