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3/23/2005 3:05:52 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Calls Needed - Stop Teacher Certification for Some Homeschool Parents

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March 23, 2005


Oregon--Calls Needed - Stop Teacher Certification for Some Homeschool
Parents


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

A bill has just been introduced in the Senate Committee on Rules that
would significantly affect many homeschool families in Oregon. Senate
Bill 1013 requires any person who is paid to provide instruction to a
child in kindergarten to twelfth grade to have a teaching license.
This would effectively stop or severely curtail homeschool co-ops
across the state.

Homeschool parents whose children receive special instruction in a
particular subject would find their options limited or too costly.
Also, homeschool support groups and conferences would no longer be
able to hold teaching sessions unless it was hosted by a licensed
teacher.

Furthermore, even music instructors, speech/debate instructors, and
karate instructors would need a teaching license.

While the teaching license requirement is certainly the most
outrageous, Senate Bill 1013 also would force private schools
operating across Oregon to be under the regulation and supervision of
the Department of Education. No longer would private schools in Oregon
have the option of providing a "private" education without invasive
governmental oversight. Under this bill if a private school chose not
to comply they would be subjected to a fine, to be determined by the
State Board of Education, for each violation.

If private schools are regulated then homeschool families will lose a
great ally for educational freedom in Oregon.

Senate Bill 1013 has been referred to the Senate Education and
Workforce Committee. We need your calls now to both the Senate
Education and Workforce Committee and the Senate Committee on Rules to
defeat this legislation.


ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please call and/or write to all of the Committee Members listed
below and give them this message in your own words:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 1013. It would limit my freedom to
choose my children's teachers. There is no need to regulate private
schools since private school students are academically excelling
without licensed teachers. S.B. 1013 violates parental liberty as
recognized and protected by the U.S. Supreme Court."

DO NOT identify yourself as a homeschooler. Instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent.

Senate Committee on Education and Workforce-

Senator Vicki Walker, Chairman
900 Court St. NE., S-210
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-1707
Email: sen.vickiwalker@state.or.us

Senator Charles Starr, Vice-Chairman
900 Court St. NE., S-312
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-1713
Email: sen.charlesstarr@state.or.us

Senator Ryan Deckert
900 Court St. NE., S-219
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-1714
Email: sen.ryandeckert@state.or.us

Senator Jeff Kruse
900 Court St. NE., S-215
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-1701
Email: sen.jeffkruse@state.or.us

Senator Bill Morrisette
900 Court St. NE., S-306
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-1706
Email: sen.billmorrisette@state.or.us

Senate Committee on Rules-

Senator Kate Brown, Chairman
Party: D District: 21
Phone: 503-986-1700
Address: 900 Court St. NE., S-323, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: sen.katebrown@state.or.us

Senator Ted Ferrioli, Vice-Chairman
Party: R District: 30
Phone: 503-986-1950
Address: 900 Court St. NE., S-223, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us

Senator Jason Atkinson
Party: R District: 2
Phone: 503-986-1702
Address: 900 Court St. NE., S-216, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: sen.jasonatkinson@state.or.us

Senator Charlie Ringo
Party: D District: 17
Phone: 503-986-1717
Address: 900 Court St. NE., S-318, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: sen.charlieringo@state.or.us

Senator Frank Shields
Party: D District: 24
Phone: 503-986-1724
Address: 900 Court St. NE., S-309, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: sen.frankshields@state.or.us

2) Please pray that S.B. 1013 would be defeated and that the Home
Education Equity Bill, House Bill 2733, would pass.

3) Please come to the Capitol on May 4, 2005, for Apple Pie Day to
meet your legislators and support homeschoooling and parents' rights.
For more information see
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2216 .


REASONS WE OPPOSE THIS BILL:

Senate Bill 1013 would -

Require all persons providing paid instruction to children in
kindergarten through twelfth grade to have a teaching license.

The teaching license requirement would apply to all instruction given
to children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Therefore, even
music instructors, speech/debate instructors, and karate instructors
would need to obtain a teaching license.

Violate parental liberty as recognized and protected by a number of
U.S. Supreme Court Cases. One of the more important cases, Pierce v.
Society of Sisters, began in Oregon. The Court declared in Pierce that
the state does not have the authority to force parents to accept
instruction from public teachers only. S.B. 1013 would force parents
to accept instruction from publicly licensed teachers.

Require all private schools to register with the Department of
Education.

Require all private schools to comply with fingerprinting and
Background checks required of public schools.

Require all private schools to only hire licensed teachers and
administrators.

Any private school that failed to follow all of these requirements
would be fined a yet to be determined amount.

For more information on legislation HSLDA is monitoring in Oregon,
visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2217


Thank you for fighting for freedom in Oregon.

Sincerely,


Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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