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4/24/2007 3:50:12 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon: Update on Home Education Freedom Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 24, 2007

Oregon: Update on Home Education Freedom Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

We want to thank all of you who attended the hearing last week or
called and emailed the House Education Subcommittee on Innovation in
favor of the Home Education Freedom Bill. The Committee heard only
favorable testimony for House Bill 2629 and the hearing room was
filled to overflowing with those in support of the bill.

As you know, 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.

OCEANetwork reports that the hearing went extremely well and several
committee members spoke favorably of home education. If you would like
to hear the testimony given at the hearing you can find it at: (requires RealPlayer: ) . You will need to
fast forward to about the one hour mark for testimony on House Bill

The Committee has not yet voted on H.B. 2629 so if you have not yet
contacted the various Committee members, you may continue to do so.


(1) If you have not already done so, 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 . 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

Representative Karen Minnis (R), Vice-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1449

Representative Arnie Roblan (D), Vice-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1409

Representative Peter Buckley (D) (Chair of the House Education
Phone: 503-986-1405

Representative Ben Cannon (D)
Phone: 503-986-1446

Representative John H Dallum (R)
Phone: 503-986-1459

Representative Gene Whisnant (R)
Phone: 503-986-1453

2) Please come to Salem on May 10 for "Apple Pie Day." More
information will be provided in a separate email shortly but Apple Pie
Day is an excellent opportunity for you and your family to come to the
Capitol, bring an apple pie, meet your elected officials and provide a
positive face to home education for the entire legislature. For more
information please visit: .


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

> 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.


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

Additional reasons why House Bill 2629 should be supported:

> Oregon does not regulate private schools but it currently regulates

> Home education works, with few home-educated students scoring low
on standardized tests and many scoring high. (See

> 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

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: .

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: .


Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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