August 19, 2005

Legislative Counsel 1462: Home Education Equity Bill

Senator Bruce Starr

Thank you for your support! Due to your calls 15 members of the House and 12 members of the Senate signed on to be co-sponsors of the Home Education Equity Bill. For more information please see House Bill 2733, the Home Education Equity Bill.

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supported this bill draft.

Requested Action:
None at this time

This bill was introduced as House Bill 2733. Please see that bill page for more information.

Reasons We Support This Legislation:
LC 1462 would make the following changes in the current law:

- expand the educational options for homeschoolers by providing that a child may be educated by the parent or legal guardian or "at the direction of" a parent or legal guardian, thereby permitting parents or guardians to appoint someone else to conduct some or all of the instruction;

- repeal the requirement that parents notify public school officials of their decision to homeschool;

- repeal the testing requirements of the homeschool law, except for students participating in interscholastic activities at a public school.

Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985, approximately 20 years ago. Since that time, numerous efforts have been made to enact amendments providing more freedom to parents. The most recent change occurred in 1999 when significant progress was made in reducing state oversight of homeschooling. As many of you know, in 2003 a bill was introduced to gain more freedom for parents. Even though the bill passed both the Senate and the House, the Governor of Oregon vetoed the bill. This time we hope to have enough votes to override any potential veto.

We need to continue to fight for homeschool freedom. It is especially important to introduce and pass this legislation since Senate Bill 165, a bill to restrict the freedoms of homeschoolers in Oregon, has been already introduced.