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2/13/2006 11:42:32 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oklahoma--Calls Needed: Oppose Linking Math Test with Driver's License

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February 13, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed immediately to stop Senate Bill 1690 which would
prohibit 16 and 17-year-olds from obtaining a driver's license unless
they first pass a state-approved math test. The bill is scheduled for
a hearing today at 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Public Safety Committee.

A student would be required to pass either the state-wide 8th-grade
math test, or another test approved by the State Department of
Education. Homeschooled students would be at a tremendous
disadvantage since they don't use the state's math curriculum and
would have no control over the alternative test the Department of
Education might approve.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call all the members of the Senate Public Safety Committee
(see below) and ask them to oppose this misguided bill. Your message
can be as simple as, "Please oppose Senate Bill 1690. It would create
an unnecessary barrier for well-qualified teens to get driver's
licenses. A teen who has proved he can drive safely should not be
denied a license because of a math test."

2. Please call other homeschool families and ask them to make calls.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Sen. Charles Wyrick - Chair (405) 521-5561
Sen. Frank Shurden - Vice Chair (405) 521-5588
Sen. Don Barrington (405) 521-5563
Sen. Bernest Cain (405) 521-5610
Sen. Brian Crain (405) 521-5620
Sen. Constance N. Johnson (405) 521-5531
Sen. Todd Lamb (405) 521-5632
Sen. Charlie Laster (405) 521-5539
Sen. Debbe Leftwich (405) 521-5557
Sen. Jonathan Nichols (405) 521-5535
Sen. Scott Pruitt (405) 521-5602
Sen. Jim Reynolds (405) 521-5522
Sen. Jim Wilson (405) 521-5574


Reasons to Oppose Senate Bill 1690

1. Teens who have proved they can drive safely should not be denied a
license just because they cannot pass a math test. Math ability has
nothing to do with driving ability.

2. If homeschoolers were to take the state-wide criterion referenced
test, they would be at a major disadvantage because it is based on the
state curriculum, which homeschoolers do not use.

3. Homeschoolers would have no control over what alternative tests
the Department of Education might approve. This would put them at a
significant disadvantage.

4. A driver's license is an important gateway to meet basic
transportation needs for those who have demonstrated they can drive
safely. It must not be trivialized into a reward for good behavior for
students who have jumped though enough hoops.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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