August 19, 2005

House Bill 2622: Home Education Bill

Sponsored by Representative Brian Boquist

House Bill 2622 would have removed the requirement that homeschool families notify the local Education Service District (ESD) when they decide to teach their children at home. Additionally, parents would not have have been required to test their children in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. This bill represented more freedom for homeschool families in Oregon.

This bill was nearly identical to House Bill 2733 that HSLDA, Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork), and Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) have been working to enact into law. House Bill 2622 did not offer the additional protection for parents who are homeschooling children with special needs that H.B. 2733 did.

HSLDA, OCEANetwork, and OHEN put their support behind House Bill 2733 as it was the bill best able to successfully pass the Oregon legislature. There was strong bi-partisan support for H. B. 2733 with many co-signers of the bill already on board.

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA is currently neutral on House Bill 2622.

Requested Action:
No action requested.

02/22/2005Introduction and first reading. Referred to Speaker's desk.
02/24/2005Referred to House Education Committee.
03/14/2005Public Hearing held.
05/04/2005Public Hearing held.

Since the Oregon Legislature Adjourned Sine Die on August 5, 2005 this bill is dead. We will continue to work with Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork), and Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) to help bring greater freedom to homeschool families in Oregon.

A similar bill was introduced in the 2003 legislative session to bring greater freedom to homeschool families in Oregon. While this previous legislation passed both the House and Senate the Governor vetoed the bill. Our goal has been to focus our attention on the Home Education Equity Bill and to obtain a sufficient margin on this bill in the legislature to override a potential veto from the Governor. Like the widow at the judge's door in Luke 18 we will continue to bring our petition before the Governor to persuade him to sign the Home Education Equity Bill. Unfortunately, due to the election year, we understand that the Governor did not want to see this legislation come to his desk.

Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985. 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. H.B. 2733 represents the best option at this time for efforts to gain more freedom for parents.

If H.B. 2733 is enacted, Oregon will join a growing majority of states requiring no standardized testing of homeschooled students. Furthermore, public school officials will have no record of children being homeschooled, because parents will not be required to even notify public school officials of their decision to conduct home instruction. Oregon has the potential through this legislation to go from a state with an average homeschool law to a state with a great homeschool law.

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