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5/17/2005 3:44:18 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon - Calls Needed to Help Pass Home Education Equity Bill in the House

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 17, 2005

Oregon - Calls Needed to Help Pass Home Education Equity Bill in the

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On Friday, May 13, the House Education Committee voted 4-2 in favor of
the Home Education Equity Bill. Now the bill moves to the House floor
and could be voted on this week. We need you to contact your
Representative now to help bring more freedom to homeschool families
in Oregon.

Thanks to the hard work of OCEANetwork (OHEN) and your calls House
Bill 2733 already has 18 of the 31 votes needed in the House to pass
the bill. However, we need more than just those Representatives who
have signed on as co-sponsors. You can make an impact by contacting
your Representative and help obtain the remaining 13 votes.

Please call and write to your State Representative and urge them to
vote in favor of House Bill 2733.


Please call and write to your State Representative and give them this
message in your own words:

"Please support freedom for homeschoolers and vote 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."

"During the House Education Committee work session Representative
March explained that only 24% of homeschoolers in Lane County scored
below the 50th percentile on standardized tests submitted in 1999
while 50% of public school students scored below the 50th percentile."

To find your Representative you can use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox
at: or go to the Oregon Legislature at .

If your State Representative is listed below as a co-sponsor of House
Bill 2733 you can simply send an email to encourage them to continue
to support the bill.

House Co-sponsors:

Representative Anderson
Representative Avakian
Representative Barker
Representative Boquist
Representative Brown
Representative Bruun
Representative Butler
Representative Cameron
Representative Dallum
Representative Flores
Representative Galizio
Representative Garrard
Representative Krieger
Representative Kropf
Representative Nelson
Representative Richardson
Representative Smith
Representative Whisnant


At the work session on Friday the House Education Committee voted 4-2
in favor of House Bill 2733, the Home Education Equity Bill. Voting
was as follows:

In favor:

Chair Linda Flores (R)
Vice Chair John Dallum (R)
Rep. Debbie Farr (R)
Rep. John Lim (R)


Vice Chair Steve March (D)
Rep. Chip Shields (D)


Rep. Arnie Roblan (D)

As reported by OHEN some of the Representatives who voted in favor of
the bill have a few reservations. Representative Lim believes that
the state should continue to monitor the academic progress of
homeschoolers. Representative Farr would like to continue to have the
notification requirement but is supportive of eliminating the testing
requirements. Representative Dallum was very supportive of home

Of those opposed to the bill on the Committee, Representative Shields
believes that it is not burdensome for homeschoolers to test their
children 4 times over their lifetime. Representative March, in an
attempt to argue for regulation of homeschoolers raised the point that
in Lane County, 24% of the homeschoolers scored below the 50th
percentile in the last reported testing (1999). However, the
percentile ratings of the nationally-normed standardized achievement
tests are based upon the average public school student. Therefore, 50%
of the public school students score below the 50th percentile. While
I'm sure that this was not his intent, Representative March's comments
actually demonstrate the benefits of a home education.

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

Oregon, visit our website at:

To become a member of HSLDA and help us fight for homeschool freedom
in Oregon please visit . Thank you
for your support.


Thomas J. Schmidt, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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