From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/23/2006 10:10:45 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oklahoma--Calls Needed to Stop Driver's License Restriction

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 23, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Senate Bill 1792 would prohibit 16 and 17-year-olds from obtaining a
driver's license unless they first pass a state-approved math test.

We originally reported that the bill was scheduled for a hearing
February 20 in the Senate Education Committee. This hearing was
canceled due to inclement weather. The hearing has been rescheduled
for Monday, February 27. We need you to continue calling to stop this

If the bill passes, a student would be required to pass either the
statewide 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.


1. If your senator is listed below, please call and ask him or her to
oppose this misguided bill. Your message can be as simple as, "Please
oppose Senate Bill 1792. 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

Use our legislative toolbox at to find
your state senator.

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


Oklahoma Senate Education Committee

Susan Paddack--Chair
Capitol--(405) 521-5541

Charlie Laster--Vice Chair
Capitol--(405) 521-5539
District--(405) 273-2910

Cliff A. Aldridge
Capitol--(405) 521-5584

Patrick Anderson
Capitol--(405) 521-5630

Don Barrington
Capitol--(405) 521-5563

Cliff Branan
Capitol--(405) 521-5543
District--(405) 843-5064

Bernest Cain
Capitol--(405) 521-5610

Glenn Coffee
Capitol--(405) 521-5636

Johnnie Crutchfield
Capitol--(405) 521-5607

Mary Easley
Capitol--(405) 521-5590

John Ford
Capitol--(405) 521-5634

Jay Paul Gumm
Capitol--(405) 521-5586
District--(580) 924-4717

J. Berry Harrison
Capitol--(405) 521-5581
District--(918) 642-5030

Cal Hobson
Capitol--(405) 521-5553
District--(405) 527-5929

Constance N. Johnson
Capitol--(405) 521-5531

Clark Jolley
Capitol--(405) 521-5622

Ron Justice
Capitol--(405) 521-5537

Daisy Lawler
Capitol--(405) 521-5569
District--(580) 439-5706

Richard Lerblance
Capitol--(405) 521-5604
District--(918) 297-2501

Mike Mazzei
Capitol--(405) 521-5675

Scott Pruitt
Capitol--(405) 521-5602
District--(918) 382-7523

Jeff Rabon
Capitol--(405) 521-5614

Nancy Riley
Capitol--(405) 521-5600

Stratton Taylor
Capitol--(405) 521-5555

Kathleen Wilcoxson
Capitol--(405) 521-5618

James A. Williamson
Capitol--(405) 521-5624


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 required to take the statewide 8th-grade
math test, they would be at a major disadvantage because it is based
on the state curriculum, which homeschoolers do not necessarily use.

3. Homeschoolers would have no control over what alternative tests
the department of education might approve.

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.


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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