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5/10/2005 11:21:42 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Please Continue to Support Home Education Equity Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
May 10, 2005

Oregon--Please Continue to Support Home Education Equity Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Yesterday the House Education Committee ran out of time to consider
the Home Education Equity Bill, House Bill 2733. They have rescheduled
H.B. 2733 to be heard on Wednesday May 11, 2005. If you have not
already done so, please continue to contact the members of the House
Education Committee to show your support for the Home Education Equity

The House Education Committee has scheduled a work session to vote on
H.B. 2733, this Wednesday, 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.


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

Rep. John Dallum
Vice-Chair (and a cosponsor of the bill) -- Republican

Rep. Steve March
Vice-Chair -- Democrat

Rep. Debi Farr -- Republican

Rep. John Lim -- Republican

Rep. Arnie Roblan -- Democrat

Rep. Chip Shields -- Democrat


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. House Bill 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.

To see more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in

Oregon, visit our website at:

Thank you for fighting for freedom in Oregon.


Thomas J. Schmidt, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney
-> 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...

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