From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/8/2013 2:45:28 PM
Tj Schmidt--HSLDA
Oregon: Update on Home Education Freedom Bills!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Oregon: Update on Home Education Freedom Bills!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Thank you for your efforts to bring greater freedom to home education
families in Oregon this past week. Senate Bill 809 was heard in the
Education and Workforce Development Committee on April 4. OCEANetwork
was there along with 50 or so homeschoolers, filling the room.
Follow-up testimony by OCEANetwork has already been provided to
several senators to rebut some comments that were made at the hearing.

House Bill 3446 is scheduled to be heard in the House Education
Committee today at 1 p.m. in HR D. Given all of the bills that have
been carried over from the House Education Committee meeting on
Friday, it is likely that HB 3446 will not be heard today. Instead, HB
3446 could be carried over to the April 10 hearing. OCEANetwork will
have individuals ready to testify should the bill actually be heard

We would like as good a showing at the hearing for House Bill 3446
whenever it is heard. If possible, please consider stopping by this
afternoon. For those of you not in Salem, please plan to make it to
the hearing on Wednesday at 1 p.m. as the bill should be added to
agenda. You can keep updated on the latest information on the bill
through OCEANetworks Facebook page
( ) or our Oregon bill page

If you are not able to make it to these hearings, please contact 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!


Please contact the House Education Committee members listed below and
give them this message in your own words:

"Please support House Bill 3446. 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. House Bill 3446 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."

House Education Committee

Rep. Sara Gelser (D), Chair
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1416

Rep. Jeff Reardon (D), Vice-Chair
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1448

Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R), Vice-Chair
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1417

Rep. Shemia Fagan (D)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1451

Rep. David Gomberg (D)
Captiol Phone: 503-986-1410

Rep. Chris Gorsek (D)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1449

Rep. John Huffman (R)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1459

Rep. Julie Parrish (R)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1437

Rep. Gene Whisnant (R)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1453

Again, please come to the Capitol on Wednesday, April 10, for the
House Education Committee hearing at 1 p.m. The hearing is scheduled
to be in room HR D. 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.


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 passed both the House and Senate, the governor 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 House Bill 3446 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:

Thank you for fighting for freedom in Oregon.


Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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