Senate Bill 1403: Home Education Notification Bill

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Last Updated: April 7, 2010
Senate Bill 1403: Home Education Notification Bill
Sponsors:
Senator Mary Easley
Summary:

Senate Bill would have required parents who were teaching their children at home to notify their local school district in writing within 10 days of beginning their home education program.

Due to the hard work of Oklahoma Christian Home Educators' Consociation (OCHEC), your phone calls, and a large attendance of approximately 1,500 people at the Home Education Capitol Day, this bill has died. OCHEC received notice from Senator Ford, the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, that he would not hear Senate Bill 1403. This effectively kills the bill.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

HSLDA was opposed to Senate Bill 1403 as an unnecessary requirement on a parent's protected right to provide "other means of education" in Oklahoma.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

2/1/2010 Introduced and had First Reading
2/2/2010 Second Reading and referred to Senate Education Committee
2/3/2010 Died in Senate Education Committee

Background:

Some of you may remember that in the 2007 and 2009 legislative session Senator Jim Wilson introduced a bill that would have added several requirements to the freedom that homeschoolers have in Oklahoma. Both times those bills were successfully defeated by the prayers and hard work of families all across Oklahoma. Outstanding attendance at the Oklahoma Home Educators’ Capitol Day also played a big part in the defeat of these bills.

Senate Bill 1403 was a threat to undermining the freedom that homeschoolers have in Oklahoma and we believe it was just one incremental step towards even greater regulation of home education. The freedom of the right to provide “other means of education” should remain free and not be undermined.

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E-lert on this and House Bill 3099