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4/3/2013 4:59:15 PM
Tj Schmidt--HSLDA
Oregon: Come to the Capitol and Help Support the Home Education Freedom Bill!

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Oregon: Come to the Capitol and Help Support the Home Education
Freedom Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As you may know, OCEANetwork has been hard at work to get two bills
introduced into the legislature to bring greater freedom to home
education families in Oregon. House Bill 3446 and Senate Bill 809
would remove the testing requirement for all homeschool students.
These bills would also allow an alternative to testing if a student
wanted to participate in interscholastic activities.

Senate Bill 809 is currently scheduled for a hearing tomorrow, April 4
at 1 p.m. in the Education and Workforce Development Committee. We
would like to see as many people as possible come out to the hearing
in support of this bill!

If you are not able to make it to the hearing, please call the
committee members listed below. With your help we hope to see the
current testing requirements in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 removed from
Oregon homeschool law!

REQUESTED ACTION:

Please call the Education and Workforce Development Committee members
listed below and give them this message in your own words:

"Please support Senate Bill 809. This bill will allow homeschool
parents to evaluate their child's progress in any way they see fit and
in a manner that is best suited to their family. Senate Bill 809 will
also remove the requirement that a test be provided to the local ESD.
This reporting requirement adds no benefit to the child's education.
Home educators have earned the right to more freedom after
demonstrating their success under the law for over 25 years."

Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee

Sen. Mark Hass (D), Chair
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1714
Email: Sen.MarkHass@state.or.us

Sen. Tim Knopp (R), Vice-Chair
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1727
Email: sen.timknopp@state.or.us

Sen. Lee Beyer (D)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1706
Email: Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us

Sen. Jeff Kruse (R)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1701
Email: Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us

Sen. Arnie Roblan (D)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1705
Email: Sen.ArnieRoblan@state.or.us

Again, please come to the Capitol tomorrow, April 4, for the Education
and Workforce Development Committee hearing at 1 p.m. The hearing is
scheduled to be in room HR C. OCEANetwork intends to have several
people there to testify in favor of the bill. In order to permit these
individuals to have the most amount of time we suggest you check with
OCEANetwork if you would like to testify as well.


BACKGROUND:

OCEANetwork and HSLDA have attempted to pass similar bills in the past
to bring greater freedom to homeschool families in Oregon. While some
of these bills have passed both the House and Senate, the governor has
vetoed the legislation. We are extremely hopeful that the current
administration will support this bill. However, our goal with Senate
Bill 809 and House Bill 3446 is to obtain a sufficient margin in the
legislature to override a potential governor's veto. We need a strong
showing at the Capitol to help make this possible!

Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985, approximately 28 years
ago. Since that time, numerous efforts have been made to enact
amendments providing more freedom to parents. The most recent change
in the law occurred in 1999 when significant progress was made in
reducing state oversight of homeschooling. These bills represent a
continuation of legislative efforts to gain more freedom for parents.

If Senate Bill 809 is enacted, Oregon will join a growing majority of
states requiring no standardized testing of homeschooled students.
Oregon has the potential through this legislation to go from a state
with a good homeschool law to a state with a great homeschool law.
Let's work hard together to get this done this year!

To see more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in
Oregon, visit our website at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17950
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Thank you for fighting for freedom in Oregon.

Sincerely,


Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

P.S. We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve
you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support
enables us to defend individual families and protect homeschooling
freedom for all. Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17951

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Join HSLDA to be heard above the tempests that threaten homeschool
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