Legal/Homeschool Laws
Laws that regulate home education vary from state to state. It is important to understand the legal requirements in your state and to be aware of legislative and other legal issues that affect homeschoolers in your community. We've compiled resources that will help you become informed. Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, and the vast majority of homeschoolers face no problems, you may find that you need legal assistance at some point in your homeschooling career. We've compiled a list of resources to help you find the support you need. And if you'd like to become more involved in working towards homeschooling freedoms, we discuss some of the issues facing homeschoolers that we hope you find compelling.
State Laws
Read the laws regulating home education in Oregon and browse through the case law and legal opinions relating to those laws, along with government publications relating to homeschooling and summaries of the laws.
Forms
Which forms do you need to fill out? Where can you get them? Here is a list of useful forms for homeschooling in Oregon.
Legal Support
If you need legal information or have run into a legal situation regarding your decision to homeschool, these resources will be helpful.
Lobbying Groups
A listing of local and national lobbying groups and information on how you can become involved in the political process to ensure the freedom to homeschool is protected.
Attorneys
When searching for an attorney, it is helpful to know whether he or she has experience working with homeschoolers and is interested in protecting the right to homeschool.
Legal Issues
Is homeschooling legal? Which laws pertain to homeschoolers and which don't? How do homeschoolers protect their rights to freely educate their children and to preserve their privacy?
Government Resources
A listing of local and state government resources, including your state's Department of Education, school districts, and Senate and House of Representative information.
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Oregon Administrative Rules: Division 21 — School Governance and Student Conduct
581-021-0026 Examination of Children Instructed by Parent, Legal Guardian or Private Teacher The following definitions and abbreviations apply to OAR 581-021-0026 unless otherwise specified within the rule: "Approved Tests" Tests approved for assessment of satisfactory progress by home school students are the two most recent versions of the following tests; California Achievement Test; Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills; Iowa Tests of Basic Skills/Tests of Achiev...
Guidelines for Home Schooled Students - Students with Disabilities
This is a FAQ list provided by the Oregon Department of Education.
Homeschool Freedom Alerts
OCEANetwork diligently monitors legisltive and bureaucratic activity in Salem and also initiates action towards increased homeschool freedom. Here you will find the most recent e-mail alerts OCEANetwork sent out to their e-mail alert list.
Complying with Oregon Laws
This document is a general summary of laws regarding homeschooling, provided by the Oregon Home Education Network.
Oregon Legislative Action Alert
This bulletin board serves to update Oregon homeschooling parents on pending legislation.
Educational Service Districts
This pdf file lists the contact information for the Educational Service Districts in Oregon.
Homeschooling Laws for Children with Disabilities
The homeschool statute, ORS 339.035, makes provision for home educating children with disabilities. This portion of the statute is interpreted in OAR 581-021-0029 which deals specifically with children with disabilities. The information at this site is provided by the Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEANetwork).
Notification of Intent to Home School
This form is in pdf format. It is provided by the Multnomah Education Service District.
Oregon Services for Home Schooled Students with Disabilities
Provided by the Oregon Department of Education, these are the statutes relating to homeschooling families with special needs children.
Summary of Homeschool Law
Each family who decides to homeschool is responsible to know the homeschool law. The law is not difficult, but if you don't follow it, your child could be considered truant and you would be in violation of the compulsory attendance law. OCEANetwork believes that the parent, not government, has the responsibility to educate children. They provide this summary of the laws regulating home education in Oregon to assist homeschooling families.
The Oregon Homeschool Law
This pdf file is a summary of the laws regulating home education in Oregon.
Oregon Department of Education (ODE)
This website is the official internet presence for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
Oregon Revised Statutes: Chapter 339 — School Attendance; Admission; Discipline; Safety
339.030 Exemptions from compulsory school attendance; rules. In the following cases, children shall not be required to attend public full-time schools: Children being taught in a private or parochial school in the courses of study usually taught in grades 1 through 12 in the public schools and in attendance for a period equivalent to that required of children attending public schools in the 1994-1995 school year. Children proving to the satisfaction of the district school ...
Oregon Home School Laws from HSLDA
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Oregon. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Oregon.
Department of Education Information on Home Schooling
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) and Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) with information for families considering home schooling their child(ren). Also, a list of qualified, registered home school testers with contact information.
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