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Oregon Homeschool Law & Support Groups

Homeschool Law

The following is provided for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice.

ODE: Home School Information
Oregon Department of Education website for homeschooling.

Special Education Laws and Rules

SPED: Guidelines for Homeschooled Students
ODE guidelines for homeschooling children with disablities. Q & A on the laws and administrative rules regarding homeschooled children with special needs.

Home Schooling for Children With Disabilities: OAR 581-021-0029 (PDF file)
Oregon Administrative Rule governing homeschooling children with disabilities. Includes the guidelines for establishing a Privately Developed Plan (PDP). The PDP is basically a privately developed IEP plan. Homeschooled children with disablities may be exempt from the testing requirements of the homeschool law if alternative assessments are provided in the IEP or PDP.

Oregon Department of Special Education
"The OSE is responsible to ensure that students with disabilities and those who are talented and gifted benefit from an enhanced education system."

Oregon Disability Definition: Hearing Impairment/Deaf
Department of Education definitions of "deaf" and "hard of hearing."

Parental Rights Notice of Procedural Safeguards
Oregon guide to parental rights in the special education/IEP process.

Talented and Gifted Programs
ODE page on Talented and Gifted Programs and the TAG mandate.

Relevant Court Rulings and Position Papers

I have no information at this time. Please feel free to contact me if you are aware of information I should include here.

Homeschool Support Groups

Eugene-Springfield Homeschool Association
"Eugene-Springfield Homeschool Association is an inclusive homeschool support group. We offer a cordial and welcoming environment for homeschoolers to gather together for social and educational activities."

Greater Portland Homeschoolers
"Greater Portland Homeschoolers is a non-profit, participant driven support group of homeschooling families run like a cooperative. GPH welcomes families of all backgrounds and philosophies."

Lane Inter-Christian Guild of Home Teachers
"Founded in 1985, Lane (County) Inter-Christian Guild of Home Teachers (LIGHT) is a non-profit, county-wide homeschool organization serving families from all Christian persuasions. We sponsor events at Garden Way Church throughout the year, as well as field trips (both local and farther afield), hands-on children's classes, Shakespeare drama opportunities, and a yearly Education Exposition (featuring vendors and workshops oriented specifically toward the homeschooling family)."

Homeschool Resources

Homeschooler's Educational Resources of Oregon
ESD contacts, unit studies & more.

"The Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network provides information and services to homeschoolers in Oregon and those interested in finding out about Christian homeschooling in Oregon."

Oregon Home Education Network
"OHEN is an inclusive, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of all of Oregon's homeschooling families. OHEN provides homeschoolers with information about local, state, and national homeschooling activities and resources, as well as opportunities to network with other homeschoolers."

"Orsig is an e-mail list where Oregon homeschoolers share their questions, concerns, joys, and passions. As the list has grown, so has the scope of our conversations, and our connections to one another. The strength of our community grows as each Orsig family shares its talents and gifts with the goal of supporting one another as we take charge of our children's education."

Getting Started
Tips and resources for getting started with homeschooling.

Legal Issues
Special legal issues facing parents homeschooling children with disabilities.

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