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4/16/2007 4:34:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Your Action Needed on Favorable Homeschool Bill!

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April 16, 2007

Oregon--Your Action Needed on Favorable Homeschool Bill!

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Good News! The home education freedom bill, House Bill 2629, is
scheduled to be heard by the House Education Subcommittee on
Innovation tomorrow, Tuesday April 17, at 1 p.m. We need you to
contact the committee members listed below and, if at all possible,
attend the hearing tomorrow to help pass this bill which would bring
greater freedom to homeschooling parents in Oregon.

House Bill 2629 has been jointly requested by OCEANetwork and the
Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) to make a number of positive
steps forward in the cause of freedom for parents teaching their
children at home.

Among other things, House Bill 2629 will repeal the testing
requirements for homeschool students unless they seek to participate
in interscholastic activities at the public school.

Your attendance at key legislative hearings in the past has had a
positive impact on the Oregon Legislature. While most of these
previous bills would have had a negative impact on homeschooling
families, your presence is needed to help support a bill that will
make Oregon an even better state to homeschool your children in.

Please contact the legislators listed below and consider coming to the
hearing tomorrow at the Capitol at 1 p.m.


REQUESTED ACTION

(1) Please email the members of the House Education Subcommittee on
Innovation listed below with this message in your own words:

"Please vote for House Bill 2629 which will relieve homeschooling
parents from unnecessary state oversight. Home educators have earned
the right to more freedom after demonstrating their success under the
law for the past 20 plus years."

If your own representative is on this committee please call instead of
emailing and let him or her know that you are a constituent. To find
the name of your representative, use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . Feel free to include additional reasons
why you support this bill using the background information below or
your own experience as a homeschooler.

House Education Innovation Subcommittee Members:

Representative Betty Komp (D), Chair
Phone: 503-986-1422
Email: rep.bettykomp@state.or.us

Representative Karen Minnis (R), Vice-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1449
Email: rep.karenminnis@state.or.us

Representative Arnie Roblan (D), Vice-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1409
Email: rep.arnieroblan@state.or.us

Representative Peter Buckley (D) (Chair of the House Education
Committee)
Phone: 503-986-1405
Email: rep.peterbuckley@state.or.us

Representative Ben Cannon (D)
Phone: 503-986-1446
Email: rep.bencannon@state.or.us

Representative John H Dallum (R)
Phone: 503-986-1459
Email: rep.johndallum@state.or.us

Representative Gene Whisnant (R)
Phone: 503-986-1453
Email: rep.genewhisnant@state.or.us

2) Please come to Salem for the hearing at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17,
in Hearing Room D. Feel free to bring your (well-dressed,
well-behaved) children. You should plan to arrive early.

You may need to park in the underground parking structure just to the
north of the Capitol Building. Bring coins for the meters and put in a
little extra money just in case. OCEANetwork suggests planning on
putting 2-3 hours into the meter. Directions to the Capitol are
available at http://www.leg.state.or.us/capinfo/ . If you cannot come
to the hearing, streaming video should be available at
http://www.leg.state.or.us/listn/ .

THE REASONS WE SUPPORT THIS BILL ARE:

House Bill 2629 would make the following changes in the current law:

> Expand the educational options for homeschoolers by providing that a
child may be educated by the parent or legal guardian or "at the
direction of" a parent or legal guardian, thereby permitting parents
or guardians to appoint someone else to conduct some or all of the
instruction;

> Repeal the requirement that parents notify the public school
officials of their decision to homeschool;

> Repeal the testing requirements of the homeschool law, except for
students participating in interscholastic activities at a public
school; and

> Remove the requirement that the education service district or school
district determine that a child under 18 is being homeschooled in
order to get a driver's license. Instead a parent can simply verify
that their child is being taught at home.

BACKGROUND

Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985, approximately 22 years
ago. Since that time, numerous efforts have been made to enact
amendments providing more freedom to parents. The most recent change
in the law occurred in 1999 when significant progress was made in
reducing state oversight of homeschooling. House Bill 2629 represents
a continuation of legislative efforts to gain total freedom for
parents.

Additional reasons why House Bill 2629 should be supported:

> Oregon does not regulate private schools but it currently regulates
homeschoolers.

> Home education works, with few home-educated students scoring low
on standardized tests and many scoring high. (See
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4012 and
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4013 .)

> Additional regulation does not help home educators: Home-educated
students' test scores are the same in low-control, moderate-control
and high-control states. (See
http://www.hslda.org/docs/study/ray1997/12.asp.)

If House Bill 2629 is enacted, Oregon will join a growing majority of
states requiring no standardized testing of homeschooled students.
Further, public school officials will have no record of children being
homeschooled, because parents will not be required to even notify
public school officials of their decision to conduct home instruction.
Oregon has the potential through this legislation to go from a state
with a good homeschool law to a state with a great homeschool law.
Let's work hard together to get this done this year.

Please pray for favor with the committee and the Legislature on this
bill and home education in general.

To see more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in
Oregon, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/OR/default.asp .

If you are not already a member, please consider joining HSLDA and
help support home education freedom in Oregon and beyond. You can join
online at: http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

Sincerely,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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