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2/6/2007 11:48:41 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oklahoma: Please Call on Bill That Requires Homeschool Notification!

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February 6, 2007

Oklahoma: Please Call on Bill That Requires Homeschool Notification!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

As many of you have already heard, Senator Jim Wilson introduced a
bill yesterday which would radically change the current freedom you
enjoy in Oklahoma. Please call Senator Wilson and urge him to remove
his bill from consideration before the Oklahoma legislature.

Senate Bill 375 would require homeschool parents to notify their local
school district of their intent to utilize "other means of education"
(i.e. homeschooling) before the first day of each school year or
within 10 days of beginning their program.

Senate Bill 375 would also require parents to report to the local
school district their child's academic progress at the end of each
semester throughout the school year!

Last but not least, S.B. 375 would subject homeschool students to the
jurisdiction of the local attendance officer. Under Oklahoma law, an
attendance officer can take temporary custody of any child who is
found away from his or her home or school during normal school hours
without a lawful excuse as authorized by the school district.

We need your calls and emails to Senator Wilson to persuade him to
remove Senate Bill 375. Giving Senator Wilson your own personal
message about this bill (whether by phone, email, or both) will be the
most effective way to get his attention. The bill has just been
assigned to the Senate Education Committee so please contact all of
the members of that committee listed below.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please call and email Senator Wilson and give them this message in
your own words:

"Please remove Senate Bill 375 from the legislature immediately. Under
the Oklahoma Constitution a parent may provide for "other means of
education" to their children. Study after study has shown that
children taught at home generally do above average academically. This
bill is an unacceptable infringement of parents' rights to direct
their child's education."

When calling Senator Wilson's office, understand that they will
probably be receiving a lot of calls. Please be courteous but firm in
your opposition to Senate Bill 375. Please let his office know if you
are one of his constituents (District 3).

Senator Jim Wilson
2300 North Lincoln Blvd., Room 426
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 521-5574
Email: wilson@oksenate.gov


2. Please call and email the Senate Education Committee members listed
below and give the following message in your own words:

"Please remove Senate Bill 375 from the legislature immediately. Under
the Oklahoma Constitution a parent may provide for "other means of
education" to their children. Study after study has shown that
children taught at home generally do above average academically. This
bill is an unacceptable infringement of parents' rights to direct
their child's education."

Senate Education Committee Members

Senator Judy Eason McIntyre- Co-Chair
Phone: (405) 521-5598
Email: easonmcintyre@oksenate.gov

Senator Kathleen Wilcoxson- Co-Chair
Phone: (405) 521-5618
Email: purinton@oksenate.gov

Senator Cliff Branan
Phone: (405) 521-5543
Email: branan@oksenate.gov

Senator Kenneth Corn
Phone: (405) 521-5576
Email: cochran@oksenate.gov

Senator Jay Paul Gumm
Phone: (405) 521-5586 and (580) 924-4717
Email: gumm@oksenate.gov

Senator Clark Jolley
Phone: (405) 521-5622
Email: jolley@oksenate.gov

Senator Richard C. Lerblance
Phone: (405) 521-5604 and (918) 297-2501
Email: bell@oksenate.gov

Senator Mike Mazzei
Phone: (405) 521-5675
Email: mazzei@oksenate.gov

Senator Jonathan Nichols
Phone: (405) 521-5535
Email: nichols@oksenate.gov

Senator Susan Paddack
Phone: (405) 521-5541
Email: paddack@oksenate.gov

Senator Jim Reynolds
Phone: (405) 521-5522
Email: reynolds@oksenate.gov

Senator Nancy Riley
Phone: (405) 521-5600 and (918) 445-1431

Senator John Sparks
Phone: (405) 521-5553
Email: sparks@oksenate.gov

Senator James A. Williamson
Phone: (405) 521-5624
Email: brownb1@oksenate.gov


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Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Oklahoma!

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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