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3/12/2013 2:36:20 PM
Tj Schmidt--HSLDA
Oklahoma: Legislative Update--Calls Requested

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Oklahoma: Legislative Update-Calls Requested

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As you may know, House Bill 1384, the Parent's Bill of Rights
legislation authored by Rep. Kern, has been put on the House floor
agenda. This means that it could come up for a vote at any time. House
Bill 1384 is a bill that recognizes the fundamental right of parents
to direct the custody, control, and education of their children.

Both HSLDA and ParentalRights.org strongly support House Bill 1384. We
believe this bill is important to the continued protection of parental
rights that we have enjoyed in Oklahoma and in our nation for
generations. Unfortunately, these rights seem to be increasingly under
attack across the country.

Oklahoma has a great reputation for standing for parental rights. In
my opinion, it is because of their strong belief in parental rights
that the Oklahoma constitutional delegates added protection for the
right of parents to provide "other means of education" (i.e. home
education) into the state constitution.

Please contact your state representative in support of House Bill
1384. Two other bills that we have been following, House Bills 1027
and 1906, have recently died. For more information on these bills
please see http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17549

REQUESTED ACTION:

1) Please contact your state representative and give him or her this
message in your own words:

"Please vote in favor of House Bill 1384. This bill will ensure that
Oklahoma remains a strong supporter of parental rights in the care,
custody, and upbringing of their children. As a parent I believe that
my primary responsibility to teach and raise my children to be
upstanding Oklahomans and a testimony to our pioneer spirit. Please
support parental rights and support House Bill 1384."

You can find your state representative by going to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17548 and putting in your address.
You only need to contact your state representative. There is no need
to indicate that you are a homeschool parent.


BACKGROUND

The right to homeschool is based on parents' fundamental right to
direct the education and upbringing of their children, and HSLDA has
been in the center of the fight to preserve these rights for more than
25 years.

While many courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have affirmed
parental rights in a variety of circumstances, some recent decisions
have given reason for concern that recognition of parental
responsibility and authority is eroding. Consequently, there is a
movement underway to amend the U.S. Constitution to protect this
fundamental right. We believe it is also important that individual
states take a stronger stand to support parental rights.

Visit ParentalRights.org for more detailed information.

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=17550 .

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=17551 .

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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