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7/14/2005 11:28:12 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Calls Needed - Opportunity to End Testing Requirement for Homeschoolers

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July 14, 2005

Oregon--Calls Needed - Opportunity to End Testing Requirement for
Homeschoolers

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need you to contact the members of the House State and Federal
Affairs Committee today urging them to support the amendments to
Senate Bill 1071. While this bill originally had nothing to do with
homeschoolers, it has been amended to remove the requirement to test
in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. Homeschoolers in Oregon have a chance with
these amendments to remove the current testing requirements from the
homeschool law.

As we indicated earlier, the Home Education Equity Bill - House Bill
2733, passed the House by a vote of 37 to 22. After H.B. 2733 was sent
to the Senate, it stalled in the Senate Rules Committee because of a
veto threat by the Governor. All appeared lost, but God enabled
OCEANetwork, OHEN, and our allies in the legislature to find a bill to
attach a portion of the Home Education Equity Bill.

Please call or email the House State and Federal Affairs Committee
today. The House will hold a hearing for Senate Bill 1071 today at
10:00 a.m. in room HR 357.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Email or call members of the House State and Federal Affairs
Committee listed below with this message:

"Please support the amendments to SB 1071 and remove the current
testing requirements for home educators. Home educators have earned
the right to more freedom after demonstrating their success for the
past 20 years."

Oregon House State and Federal Affairs Committee Members:

Representative Wayne Krieger, Chair
E-mail Address: rep.waynekrieger@state.or.us
Phone: 503-986-1401

Representative Jeff Barker, Vice-Chair
E-mail Address: rep.jeffbarker@state.or.us
Phone: 503-986-1428

Representative Brian Boquist, Vice-Chair
E-mail Address: rep.brianboquist@state.or.us
Phone: 503-986-1423

Representative Linda Flores
E-mail Address: rep.lindaflores@state.or.us
Phone: 503-986-1451

Representative Greg Macpherson
E-mail Address: rep.gregmacpherson@state.or.us
Phone: 503-986-1438

2) If you are able, please attend the hearing on Thursday, July 14, at
10:00 a.m. in room HR 357.

3) Please pray that God would enable us to keep the amendments to
Senate Bill 1071 and remove the current testing requirements for
homeschoolers.

BACKGROUND:

HSLDA thanks OCEANetwork and OHEN for their hard work and involvement
on the ground to pass the Home Education Equity Bill. State
organizations are vital to ensure a strong homeschool presence.

Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985, approximately 20 years
ago. 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.

If Senate Bill 1071 is amended, Oregon will join a growing majority of
states requiring no standardized testing of homeschooled students.
While this bill will keep the one time notification requirement,
Oregon has the potential through this legislation to go from a state
with a good homeschool law to a state with a great homeschool law.

For 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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