Originally Sent: 2/10/2014

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Homeschooling in Oklahoma

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TJ Schmidt
Staff Attorney Tj Schmidt answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschool their children.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Oklahoma Home Educators’ Capitol Day is tomorrow and we need you there! Even if you have not preregistered, you can still come! Bring the whole family, and I’ll see you there! In addition to a couple of bills that carried over from last year, we are following three new bills that will impact homeschooling families. You can see these bills here.

While all of the new bills are offering a “benefit” to homeschooling families, it is important for all Oklahoma homeschoolers to know where they stand on each bill. The best way to educate your family about these bills and the potential impact on homeschoolers is by coming to Capitol Day! There will be both a Legislative Impact Session to discuss the bills and how to communicate with your legislators and a Town Hall Meeting for further discussion about the issues and allow time for questions.

Tomorrow on February 11, 2014, we will mark the 29th Annual Home Educators’ Capitol Day in Oklahoma! This event is the longest-running Home Education Day at the Capitol in the country.

I strongly believe that that this event, hosted by Oklahoma Christian Home Educators’ Consociation (OCHEC), is one of the main reasons Oklahoma has continued to enjoy the homeschooling freedom that it has all these years. Because families like yours have made the effort to show up year after year, your elected officials have seen up to 2,500 vibrant homeschoolers at the Capitol for the past several years.

It hasn’t always been easy. Last year many families were kept away by the ever-changing nature of Oklahoma weather. However, those who were able to make it to the Capitol enjoyed a great rally, tours, met with their legislators, handed out cookies and participated in many other events that kept them informed about what is going on in the legislature. Won’t you come tomorrow?

We have certainly seen great uncertainty and even turmoil on a national level on many different issues. But our conviction to teach our children at home is worth fighting for and defending! Due to the constant efforts of OCHEC, CHEF of OK and families like you, the Oklahoma Legislature is a place where you can be heard. While guarding against possible negative legislation is a key component to the Home Educators’ Capitol Day, this event also has an impact on the various agencies that have the potential to impact homeschooling freedom in Oklahoma.

This year’s theme for the Home Educators’ Capitol Day-Freedom Worth Defending—is extremely fitting! So, will you come and join with thousands, yes thousands, of homeschoolers across Oklahoma? Plan on coming tomorrow and help continue to make the Oklahoma Home Educators’ Capitol Day the best in the country!

At Capitol Day your family will have the opportunity to tour the Capitol, sit in on the opening session of the House or Senate, invite your legislator to lunch, sit in on a town hall meeting, and attend a rally on the 2nd floor of the Capitol Building. We would love to see the 2014 Oklahoma Home Educators’ Capitol Day have the biggest attendance yet. Please make your plans now to bring your family to Oklahoma City and have a wonderful experience for your children and the future of home education freedom. Find out more information online.

Requested Action

1. Come to the Capitol on February 11, 2014, to participate in the 29th Annual Home Educators’ Capitol Day.

2. Schedule a visit with your legislator. Please contact your legislator directly to make plans to meet with him or her during Capitol Day. You can find your legislator’s contact information online.

3. If you can’t come to the Home Education Day at the Capitol, please pray for the event. Contact your state legislators and get to know them beyond just the Home Educators’ Capitol Day event. If desired you could also donate to help defray the costs (over $3,000) of Capitol Day.

4. If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight for greater parental rights and homeschool freedom in Oklahoma please join today.

5. If you would like to be put on our email list to receive vital e-lerts you may sign up online.

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Oklahoma, and I hope to see you at the Home Educators’ Capitol Day! Feel free to forward this to your friends who are homeschooling but may not be part of HSLDA, OCHEC, or CHEF of OK.



Thomas J (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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