Legal Support and Research Groups
for Homeschooling in Oregon
The following are the watchdog groups that follow legislative action, provide alerts to their members, and help to promote the cause of Oregon homeschooling before the powers of government:
OCEANetwork. This is Oregon's Christian state-wide homeschool organization and legislative lobbying group. Sign-up on their web site for quarterly magazine and for FREE email alerts and information. Also visit their web site for the current homeschool laws, calendar of events around the state, and inspirational articles. OCEANetwork hosts an annual conference in June at the Oregon Convention Center. The conference brings national homeschool speakers and vendors to one convenient location for equipping and inspiring homeschool families. The goal of the conference and all of OCEANetwork's activities is to equip families to use homeschooling as a tool for raising their children in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Homeschool Legal Defense Association. HSLDA is a national watchdog group that provides a regional presence in each state. It watches over national and statewide homeschool concerns in legislature, both national and state. For membership of $100 per year ($85 if you are an OCEANetwork member), you receive FREE legal counsel and support should your family ever run into problems with local authorities regarding your homeschool (which has been known to happen with over-zealous ESD's). Membership provides an e-lert to any national or state issues regarding homeschool freedoms.
The National Home Education Research Institute. Their mission statement is:
"Produce high-quality research (e.g., statistics, facts, findings) on home-based education (homeschooling); Serve as a clearinghouse of research for the public, researchers, homeschoolers, the media, and policy makers; Educate the public concerning the findings of all research on home education" They are a NW grown group located in Eugene, Oregon.