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7/15/2005 2:11:26 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Update - Please Continue to Contact the Committee

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July 15, 2005

Oregon--Update - Please Continue to Contact the Committee

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The House State and Federal Affairs Committee held the hearing on
Senate Bill 1071 yesterday and heard testimony from both OCEANetwork
and OHEN to add the homeschool amendments to the bill. With your help
Senate Bill 1071 can be amended to remove the requirement for
homeschoolers to test in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10.

This attempt to amend an active bill could enable homeschool families
to pass part of the Home Education Equity Bill into law. While we have
not given up getting all of House Bill 2733 passed, it is currently
stalled in the Senate Rules Committee because of a veto threat by the
Governor.

According to the information we have received, the decision to amend
Senate Bill 1071 could be completed during a work session next week.
Please continue to call and/or email the House State and Federal
Affairs Committee until further notice. All of the Committee members
except Representative Greg Macpherson cosponsored and voted in favor
of the Home Education Equity Bill.


Action Requested:

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

"Please support the "Dash 5" 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) Please pray that God would enable us to amend 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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