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  • WHAT PART OF “PRIVATE EDUCATION” DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND? II

    Filed at 10:49 am under by dcobranchi

    Lawmakers in the Oregon Senate have introduced a bill to bring all private schools under the state DoE umbrella and force anyone paid to teach K-12 classes to have certification; home-ed co-ops would apparently fall under these rules as well. Here’s HSLDA’s take.

    Oregon, of course, was the state that tried to outlaw private education in the 1920s, an effort that resulted in the famous Pierce v. Society of Sisters Supreme Court decision. Plus ça change …

    2 Responses to “WHAT PART OF “PRIVATE EDUCATION” DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND? II”


    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    March 24th, 2005
    at 2:12 pm

    Boy, talk about your unfunded mandates…

    It is however, refreshing to see that the fine state of Oregon has all the NCLB criteria under wraps and is ready to expand their superintendent’s responsibilities to overseeing criminal background checks of private school employees (I.e. – all your kids are belong to us, even if not in our care). I’m sure the “certified” martial arts, boy/girl scout, piano lesson instructor business will really boom for the state university system.

    I wish the Kaseman’s could expound how Oregonian’s are to “give support” to this “other” party. Or since this is a private school issue rather than homeschool, is HSLDA overstepping their bounds again?


    Comment by
    juggler
    March 24th, 2005
    at 3:28 pm

    No, HSLDA isn’t ovestepping anything here. The bill is primarily about private schools, but then there is this little gem slipped in:

    Section 4 (2) reads “Any person who provides instruction for compensation to a child who is in

    kindergarten through grade 12 is required to hold a teaching license issued by the commission.”

    The teaching license requirement would apply to ALL instruction given to children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Therefore, even music instructors, speech/debate instructors, 4-H agents, karate instructors, and even environmental educators would need to obtain a teaching license. And there is no exemption for you being paid by your employer versus being paid directly by the school.

    So as a firefighter paid by the city to teach fire safety, I could no longer go into schools to teach children because I’m paid to do it, and I don’t have a teaching degree.

    This is one bad law. It impacts much more than homeschoolers.