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3/3/2006 3:59:13 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oklahoma--Calls Still Needed to Stop Driver's License Restriction

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March 3, 2006

Oklahoma--Calls Still Needed to Stop Driver's License Restriction

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed to prevent adding proficiency in mathematics as a
requirement for 16 and 17-year-olds to be able to get a driver's
license.

These two bills, Senate Bill 1792 and House Bill 2608, could receive a
floor vote in their respective chambers any day. If passed, these
bills would prohibit 16 and 17-year-olds from obtaining a driver's
license unless they first pass a state-approved math test.
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:

Call your Senator 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 state-approved math test."

Call your Representative and give him or her the same message
regarding House Bill 2608.

Use our legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find
your state senator and representative.

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

REASONS TO OPPOSE SENATE BILL 1792 and HOUSE BILL 2608:

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.

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.

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

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 Woodruff,
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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