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3/12/2007 5:21:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon: Bad Bills to Watch!

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March 12, 2007

Oregon: Bad Bills to Watch!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Two bills were just introduced last week in the House that attack
homeschool freedom in Oregon.

House Bill 2979 would completely revise Oregon law for parents who
teach their children at home. Among other changes, parents would be
required to notify their Educational Service District (ESD) every year
of their intent to homeschool.

Under House Bill 2979 test results would be required to be submitted
whether or not requested by the ESD. The percentile score required on
a test would also be raised to a yet unknown percent. Additionally, if
a homeschool student failed to reach that percentile he or she would
be only given one more chance the next year to meet that score before
the student would be ordered to be placed in the local public school
for up to 12 months.

The second bill, House Bill 2996, regulates private schools. Under
this bill private schools would be required to register with the state
and generally face much more regulation than they previously have.

The main impact to homeschool families is that the bill would require
any person who is paid to provide instruction to a child in
kindergarten to 12th grade would have to have a teaching license.
Therefore, a homeschool parent teaching a history class to their child
and several other homeschool students once a week would be required to
get a teaching license if they were paid any amount of money.

HSLDA will closely monitor these bills and work with Oregon Christian
Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork) and others to stop
them.

REQUESTED ACTION:

No action is requested at this time, but we may need your calls soon.

BACKGROUND:

If House Bill 2979 is passed this bill would require:

> Annual notification of your decision to homeschool your children
instead of the one-time notice required now.

> Testing within 30 days of notifying the ESD for the first time of
your intent to homeschool any child who has already completed the 3rd
grade. This will primarily affect homeschool families moving into
Oregon although a child who has already completed the 3rd grade before
turning 7 would also be affected.

> All test results for grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 will be required to be
submitted to the ESD, even if they don't request the results.

> All test results for these grades must be above a certain, not
currently specified percentile. Currently a student has to score above
the 15th percentile. The intent of the bill is to raise that
percentile.

> If the student failed to reach that percentile score he or she would
be required to take another test the next year. If the student failed
to score at the required percentile the second year the ESD would
order him to be enrolled in the public school for up to 12 months.
This would be true even if the student showed an improved score but
wasn't at the required percentile. Currently a student is fine if he
shows improvement.

> Homeschool students interested in participating in interscholastic
activities would be required to score at a yet unknown percentile
score. It is clear from the bill that this is to be higher the current
percentile of at or above the 23rd percentile.

> Parents who fail to comply with these provisions will be cited for a
class C violation after only one warning.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1421 .

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA we need your help to support
greater parental rights and homeschool freedom in Oregon! Please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp to join today.

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

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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