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2/8/2013 12:35:22 PM
Tj Schmidt--HSLDA
Oklahoma: Your Attendance Needed at the Capitol on Tuesday!

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Oklahoma: Your Attendance Needed at the Capitol on Tuesday!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As you know, the Oklahoma Home Educators' Capitol Day is next Tuesday
on February 12, 2013. There are several bills that will impact
homeschooling in Oklahoma and parental rights. We believe it is
important for all homeschool families to be familiar with these bills
and, if possible, attend Capitol Day.

Pre-registration ends Sunday, so go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17141 and register now. While you
can still come if you don't pre-register, it does make it easier for
you to sign up for the various events and meetings that will be taking
place on Tuesday.

HSLDA and OCHEC are tracking multiple bills that will impact
homeschooling families in Oklahoma. Among them are House Bill 1906,
relating to extra-curricular activities; House Bill 1027, which
creates the Oklahoma Opportunity Scholarship; and House Bill 1384,
establishing the Parent's Bill of Rights.
House Bill 1906 would enable homeschool students to participate in
extra-curricular activities in their local public school. While HSLDA
is generally neutral on this issue, we are concerned about this bill
and what it could mean for the future of homeschool freedom in
Oklahoma.

House Bill 1027 would create a scholarship program that could pay
state education money directly to a homeschool family. While HSLDA is
very supportive of educational tax credits that homeschool families
can take advantage of, there are concerns whenever state money is paid
directly to an individual. The bill also is vague about what will be
required to prove that a family is homeschooling.

Finally, we are also very excited about the Parents' Bill of Rights
legislation, House Bill 1384. This bill would prohibit the state from
infringing upon parental rights unless it was the least restrictive
means. This bill also reaffirms that the "liberty of parents to direct
the upbringing, education, health care and mental health of their
children is a fundamental right."

For more information on these bills and any more HSLDA is tracking
please go to: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17142 .

Capitol Day is an important event for your family to attend. You will
have the opportunity to sit in on a town hall meeting regarding the
current bills that will impact homeschoolers, tour the Capitol, sit in
on the opening session of the House or Senate, invite your legislator
to lunch, watch a historical re-enactor, participate in a scavenger
hunt, and attend a rally on the 2nd floor of the Capitol Building.
Check-in and activities begin at 8:00 a.m.

The scheduled speakers at the rally this year include Lt. Governor
Todd Lamb, Rep. Josh Cockroft, Rep. Randy Grau, Rep. Jason Murphy, and
HSLDA Staff Attorney Tj Schmidt.

Over the years, the Oklahoma Home Educators' Capitol Day has been one
of the best-attended events across the country within the homeschool
community. I strongly believe that it is because of your attendance,
and hundreds of other homeschooling families, that home education
freedom in Oklahoma has remained strong. Over the years Oklahoma
homeschool families have resisted several attempts by legislators to
regulate them. All have failed due to your efforts and prayers.

We would love to see the 2013 Oklahoma Home Educators' Capitol Day
have the biggest attendance yet. Please plan now to bring your family
to Oklahoma City and have a wonderful experience for your children and
the future of home education freedom. Find out more information here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16904 .

REQUESTED ACTION:

1) Come to the Capitol on February 12, 2013, to participate in the
28th Annual Home Educators' Capitol Day. 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 come to the Home Education Day at the Capitol, please
pray for the event. Contact your state legislators and get to know
them beyond just the Home Educators' Capitol Day event. If desired,
you could also donate to help defray the costs (over $3,000) of
Capitol Day at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16905 .

3) Check out the information on the current legislation in Oklahoma.
You can find out about the most important bills that OCHEC and HSLDA
are tracking here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17142

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=17143 .

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=16907 .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Oklahoma, and I
hope to see you next week at the Oklahoma Home Educators' Capitol Day!
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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