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2/3/2011 9:41:04 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oklahoma: Bad Bills to be Introduced, Your Action Needed!

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Oklahoma: Bad Bills to be Introduced, Your Action Needed!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As some of you may have already learned, Senator Jim Wilson has
pre-filed two bad bills once again in the Oklahoma legislature. We
need your help to make sure that these bills are quickly killed.

Senate Bill 393 would remove the current protection under Oklahoma law
that homeschool students are exempt from being taken into temporary
custody by an attendance officer, peace officer, etc. when they are in
public during normal school hours. Under Oklahoma law, homeschool
students who are in public during normal school hours and are involved
in a legal activity (i.e. going to a local community college, music
lessons, or simply running errands for their parents) simply would
indicate that they are homeschooled and they should be free from being
detained or taken into temporary custody.

The second bill, Senate Bill 394, would drastically change the
homeschool law in Oklahoma. Senator Wilson's bill would require
parents teaching their children at home to notify their local school
officials each year they were homeschooling and then submit a report
of each student's academic progress at the end of each semester
throughout the school year.

Under Senate Bill 394, the homeschool notification would have to be
submitted before the first day of the school year or within 10 days
from when the parent began their homeschool program.

In addition to the annual notification, a homeschool parent would be
required to submit an academic progress report for each school-age
student at the end of each semester of the school year. Senate Bill
394 does not state what information would be required in the academic
progress report or how a parent might be confident that their progress
report would be adequate under this new law. Because of this fact, it
is highly likely that, if Senate Bill 394 were to be passed into law,
each local school district would have a different policy on what
homeschool parents would need to submit in their academic progress
report.

Senate Bill 394 would also remove the protection for homeschool
students from being taken into temporary custody.

We would like you to contact Senator Wilson's office and oppose these
bills. Please email the leadership on the Senate Education Committee
as well.

We also believe that it is important to have a large turnout for the
annual Home Education Capitol Day on February 17. When legislators see
hundreds of energetic homeschool families touring the Capitol with
their bright-eyed children, it makes homeschooling more real to them.
A large turnout of homeschoolers for Home Education Capitol Day every
year also helps persuade legislators to vote against any negative
homeschool legislation.

For more information about the Home Education Day at the Capitol
event, and to register today, please visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10181 .


REQUESTED ACTION:

1) If you haven't already done so, contact Senator Jim Wilson's office
and let him know that you are opposed to Senate bills 393 and 394. You
can give his staff this message in your own words:

"Please let Senator Wilson know that I am opposed to Senate bills 393
and 394 and have him withdraw these bills. Oklahoma has long been a
state that protects the freedom of 'other means of education.'
Homeschool families should not be required to provide annual
notification or regular academic progress reports simply because they
exercise their right to provide other means of education to their
children."

Senator Jim Wilson
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 533C
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 521-5574
Email: wilson@oksenate.gov


2) Please email the Senate Education Committee members listed below
and give them this message in your own words:

"Please prevent Senate bills 393 and 394 from being heard in the
Senate Education Committee. Oklahoma has long been a state that
protects the freedom of 'other means of education.' Homeschool
families should not be required to provide annual notification or
regular academic progress reports simply because they exercise their
right to provide other means of education to their children. Please
help keep home education free!"

Senator John Ford, Chairman, Education Committee: fordj@oksenate.gov
Senator Gary Stanislawski, Vice Chairman, Education Committee:
stanislawski@oksenate.gov

3) Come to the Capitol on February 17, 2011, to participate in Home
Education Day. You can preregister up until February 15. While you and
your family can still come if you haven't preregistered, early
registration is strongly encouraged. Registration allows you to get a
name tag for the event; pick a "track" for the day or purchase a boxed
lunch if desired. You must register by Feb. 12 if you want to order a
boxed lunch. Visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10182 to register
now.

4) If you can't come to the Home Education Day at the Capitol, please
pray for the event and see if your family could bake cookies to be
given out to legislators. Each year the legislators love getting
homemade cookies from homeschoolers. To participate in the cookie drop
go to: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10183 . Other ideas can be
found here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10184 .

BACKGROUND

Last year approximately 1,600 homeschoolers came out for Home
Education Day at the Capitol. Bring your family and help make this
year's event even bigger. A large turnout will help demonstrate that
the movement for home education freedom in Oklahoma is still going
strong!

Both Oklahoma Christian Home Educators' Consociation (OCHEC) and
Christian Home Educators Fellowship of Oklahoma (CHEF of OK) work hard
in monitoring legislation and keeping up relationships with
legislators. Your presence will help fill the Capitol with
homeschoolers and will be vital in protecting home education freedom
in Oklahoma.

HSLDA Federal Relations Director Will Estrada will be at this year's
event. He will be speaking to the Future Statesman program as well as
presenting information to the adults on federal legislation we are
keeping on top of. Tj Schmidt, HSLDA's staff attorney for Oklahoma,
will also be there again to share with the Track 1 adults important
homeschool issues across the country as well as participate in the
Legislative Impact session.

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/elink.asp?id=10185 .

If you would like to be put on our e-mail list to receive vital
e-lerts, you may sign up at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10186 .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Oklahoma! Feel free
to forward this to your friends who are homeschooling but may not be
part of HSLDA, OCHEC, or CHEF of OK.


Sincerely,

Thomas J (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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