SB 1524 "Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission to examine viability of program allowing students who graduated from high school in state to attend community college for specified period without paying tuition and fees."
We do not know if the omission of homeschoolers is deliberate, an oversight, or if the Senate Interim Committee on Education and Workforce Development just did not know how to specify homeschool graduates. In any case, both public school and private school students will apparently be included in this financial aid program. Homeschoolers will be the only high-school-level graduates in the state not eligible.
SB 1524 will have its hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4 at 1:00 p.m. before the Senate Committee On Education and Workforce Development. OCEANetwork has asked Senator Tim Knopp, a member of the Committee, to propose an amendment which would include homeschooled students who have complied with the homeschool statute, ORS 339.035.
If the Higher Education Coordinating Commission determines that such a funding program is viable, the bill directs them to "propose criteria for the program." They would work out the details for including homeschoolers as part of their assignment. We just need to make sure that homeschooled students are not excluded up front.
The OCEANetwork Legislative Team plans to testify at the hearing. We need you to contact the Committee members before the hearing and politely ask for homeschoolers to be included in the community college financial aid program envisioned in SB 1524. If you are a constituent, please make that known.
The bill can be seen at
Senate Committee On Education and Workforce Development:
Senator Mark Hass, Chair (D)
Senator Tim Knopp, Vice-Chair (R)
Senator Lee Beyer (D)
Senator Jeff Kruse (R)
Senator Arnie Roblan (D)
Thank you for reinforcing to the legislature that homeschooled students do well academically and should be treated equitably along with other Oregon students.