|2007 OCEANetwork Legislative Goals
By: Dorothy Karman
OCEANetwork is committed to protecting and advancing home education freedoms in
Protect home education freedoms
OCEANetwork will monitor the legislature for bills that would impact home education freedoms. One of our board members reads the summaries of all bills submitted to the legislature to determine if they harm home education freedoms.
For the last 20 years, legislators have submitted bills that would roll back our freedom to homeschool in
OCEANetwork, with the help of homeschool families around the state, has worked to prevent such legislation from being enacted. And by Gods grace and strength weve been successful! No legislation has been enacted that would roll back homeschool freedoms. In fact in 1999, thanks to work by OCEANetwork, the Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) and homeschool families, Governor Kitzhaber signed legislation that gave
Obtain equity with private schools
OCEANetwork believes in the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children apart from government interference. We will once again be submitting legislation that will give
Support religious freedom restoration
Many of the Supreme Court decisions regarding the right of parents to direct their childrens education stem from the right of parents to direct the religious upbringing of their children. For example, in 1925, the
The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excluded any general power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only.
In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court decisions have undermined religious freedom in the
OCEAN will support legislation to restore religious freedom.
Protect families from social worker intrusions
When investigating child abuse or neglect allegations, social workers sometimes overstep their authority.
OCEANetwork will be introducing legislation this session that will bring state law into compliance with Federal law to protect parents when contacted by social workers.
We need you
The job of protecting home education freedom is the job of every homeschool family. OCEANetwork board members are willing to spend time in
Keep informed about any legislation that could impact your freedom to homeschool. Sign up for email alerts and information from OCEAN at www.oceanetwork.org.
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