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2/6/2009 2:47:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oklahoma: Update--No More Calls Needed!

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February 6, 2009

Oklahoma: Update-No More Calls Needed!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation (OCHEC) has confirmed
from Senator Jonathan Nichols, the chairman of the Rules Committee,
that Senate Bills 308 and 472 will be killed in committee.

Therefore, you do not need to make phone calls at this time. Instead,
please email Senator Nichols your appreciation for his support of
homeschooling and opposition to these bills.

Instead of calling the rest of the Senate Rules Committee, those of
you who will be attending the Oklahoma Home Educators Capitol Day can
communicate with your legislators why these bills were an attack on
parental freedom. Bills like S.B. 308 and S.B. 472 are why it is so
crucial that homeschool families participate in Capitol Day.
Legislators who have had some personal interaction with homeschool
families are much more likely to oppose negative homeschool bills and
support freedom.

Thank you for your willingness for prompt action on this legislation.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please email Senator Jonathan Nichols, chairman of the Rules
Committee, and thank him for his support of home education freedom.

Senator Jonathan Nichols (R
Email: nichols@oksenate.gov

2. Plan on attending the Oklahoma Home Educators' Capitol Day on
February 10. This will provide you with a great opportunity to impact
these bills, to get to meet your legislators and to create a positive
impression for home education. For more information on the upcoming
Capitol Day go to: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6081 .

BACKGROUND

Senate Bill 472 would require every parent or guardian who is
providing "other means of education" (i.e. home education) to their
child to notify their local school district of this fact. If this bill
were passed, every parent would have to submit a notice of their
intent before the first day of each school year or within 10 days from
beginning their home education program.

Senate Bill 472 would also require parents to submit a report of each
of their children's academic progress at the end of each semester.
Every parent would be required to submit two reports a year to their
local public school officials for each child to demonstrate how that
child was doing in their home education program.

Senate Bill 308 and Senate Bill 472 would allow local police or
certain public school officials to take temporary custody of any child
who was taught at home. Under both S.B. 308 and S.B. 472, whenever a
child is away from their home without an adult present, a police
officer or school official could pick them up and temporarily detain
them. Currently under Oklahoma law, children who are taught at home
cannot be picked up and detained; they are exempt.

Some of you may remember that in the 2007 legislative session Senator
Jim Wilson introduced a bill that was virtually identical to current
Senate Bill 472. That bill, Senate Bill 375, was successfully defeated
by the prayers and hard work of families all across Oklahoma. By those
same efforts it looks as though we were able again to defeat attempts
to restrict the freedom of home education in Oklahoma.

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater parental rights and homeschool freedom in Oklahoma please
visit http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

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Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Oklahoma! Feel free
to send this to others who are supportive of home education freedom.

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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