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1/26/2012 12:09:40 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oklahoma: Two Bad Bills--We Need You at the Day at the Capitol!

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Oklahoma: Two Bad Bills--We Need You at the Day at the Capitol!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Oklahoma Home Education Day at the Capitol is on February 7, and
we need you there! Two bad bills have been pre-filed and are scheduled
for their first reading when the Oklahoma Legislature opens on
February 6. We would like to have one of the largest homeschool
rallies at the Capitol ever to both oppose these bills and celebrate
the home education freedom we enjoy in Oklahoma. Please register today
for the Oklahoma Home Educators Day at the Capitol at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13527 .

As in past years, Senator Jim Wilson has introduced legislation to
regulate homeschool families. This year his bill, Senate Bill 1528,
would create a voluntary homeschool regulation program.

Under the bill, any parents who request the oversight of their
homeschool program by the school district would have to demonstrate
that their child is receiving adequate educational instruction. SB
1528 would require the parents to follow the same or "comparable"
curricular standards as in the public school and the same
instructional hours/school year as the public schools. If SB 1528 was
passed, the Oklahoma State Board of Education would enact rules to
regulate the oversight of these homeschool programs. Additionally, SB
1528 requires each school district to assign an "education oversight
coordinator" to work with homeschool parents to "ensure that the child
is receiving an education equivalent to that provided to students in
public school."

While homeschoolers have come to expect negative bills from Senator
Wilson, his bill may not be the worst this year. House Bill 2543 has
been pre-filed by Representative Jadine Nollan. This bill would
require all homeschool families to file an annual affidavit to the
Oklahoma State Board of Education. Anyone who wanted to homeschool his
or her child between the ages of 6 and 18 would have to file a sworn
statement each year no later than September 10.

We need your presence at the Day at the Capitol to help ensure the
continued freedom of home education in Oklahoma for both your family
and for future generations. While the Day at the Capitol event is
scheduled to be full of fun activities for the whole family, we would
also like you to schedule a meeting with your legislators and share
with them why both of these bills are bad for the freedom of Oklahoma
parents to provide "other means of education" to their children.

Now is the time for early registration. While you and your family can
come if you haven't pre-registered, early registration is strongly
encouraged. Registration allows you to get a name tag for the event,
get an accurate count of those attending, and purchase a boxed lunch
(if desired). Visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13527 to
register now.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1) Come to Oklahoma City on February 7, 2012, to participate in Home
Education Day at the Capitol. Schedule a meeting with your legislator
or buy them a boxed lunch. If you, or an older child, would like to be
a volunteer please contact capitolday@ochec.com for more information.

2) If you can't make it 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 legislators love getting
homemade cookies from homeschoolers. To participate in the cookie drop
go to: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13528 .

3) Finally, please consider making a donation to help defray the costs
associated with the Home Education Day at the Capitol. It typically
costs around $3,000 to put on the event and any donation would help.
Please donate at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13529 .

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=13530 .

If you would like to be put on our email list to receive vital
e-lerts you may sign up at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13531.

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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