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5/24/2005 10:10:55 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Bill to be Voted on Today! Please Call Now!

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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May 24, 2005


Oregon--Bill to be Voted on Today! Please Call Now!


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

House Bill 2733, the Home Education Equity Bill, is scheduled to be
voted on today around 11 a.m. We need you to contact your State
Representative and urge them to vote in favor of the bill. With your
help homeschool families in Oregon can obtain more freedom!

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


ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call 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."

To find your Representative you can use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox
at: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox or go to the Oregon Legislature at
http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/ .

If your State Representative is listed below as a co-sponsor of House
Bill 2733 you can simply thank them for their support of 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


BACKGROUND:

At the work session on Friday, May 13, 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)

Against:

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

Absent:

Rep. Arnie Roblan (D)

As reported by OHEN a few of the Representatives who voted in favor of
the bill do 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
education.

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 point out the benefits of home education!

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/

To become a member of HSLDA and help us fight for homeschool freedom
in Oregon please visit http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp . Thank you
for your support!


Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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