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5/6/2005 5:19:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Emails Needed to Support Home Education Equity Bill

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May 6, 2005


Oregon--Emails Needed to Support Home Education Equity Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need you to contact the members of the House Education Committee
immediately to support the Home Education Equity Bill.

The House Education Committee has scheduled a work session to vote on
House Bill 2733, this Monday, May 9th, beginning at 1:00 P.M.

We need you to contact the committee members to ask them to support
freedom for homeschoolers and to vote for a "do pass" recommendation
for H.B. 2733.


ACTION REQUESTED:

Please contact as many members of the House Education Committee as
possible and give them this message:

"Please support freedom for homeschoolers and vote for a 'do pass'
recommendation for 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. Home educators have earned
the right to more freedom after demonstrating their success for the
past 20 years."


Rep. Linda Flores
Chair (and a sponsor of the bill) -- Republican
503-986-1451
rep.lindaflores@state.or.us

Rep. John Dallum
Vice-Chair (and a cosponsor of the bill) -- Republican
503-986-1459
rep.johndallum@state.or.us

Rep. Steve March
Vice-Chair -- Democrat
503-986-1446
rep.stevemarch@state.or.us

Rep. Debi Farr -- Republican
503-986-1414
rep.debifarr@state.or.us

Rep. John Lim -- Republican
503-986-1450
rep.johnlim@state.or.us

Rep. Arnie Roblan -- Democrat
503-986-1409
rep.arnieroblan@state.or.us

Rep. Chip Shields -- Democrat
503-986-1443
rep.chipshields@state.or.us


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 House Bill 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. House Bill 2733 represents a continuation of
legislative efforts to gain more freedom for parents.

If House Bill 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.

To see more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in
Oregon, visit our website at: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/OR/

Thank you for fighting for freedom in Oregon.


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel




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