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The Speeding Crayon

My daughter Missy, a kindergartner, was working on a coloring worksheet about shapes—which happened to also be road signs. When Missy was done, we corrected her work and everything was right. Missy looked up at me and said sadly, “I got that one wrong,” pointing to one of the road sign shapes that said “SLOW.” When I asked her why she thought it was wrong, she replied, “Because I colored it FAST.”

Jill Kraiss
Tinley Park, Illinois

School Districts Exceed Law

Illinois home schoolers operate as private schools under the law, as established by the Illinois Supreme Court in People v. Levisen. The court stated that the object of the compulsory education laws is “that all shall be educated, not that they shall be educated in any particular manner or place.”

Home school families in Illinois are under no obligation to initiate contact with their school district. However, if a home school family is contacted by the district, the family is required to provide a “statement of assurance” indicating they are teaching their children, in the English language, the same branches of education taught in the public schools.

This year, several school districts, including the regional offices of education in Boone-Winnebago and Lake counties, have contacted HSLDA families. In addition to the required statement of assurance, these districts are also asking the families to fill out a “parent-taught home instruction program description.” This form asks families to describe their course of study, daily schedule, and evaluation plan. HSLDA has informed these school districts that this form is not required by law and that our member families will not be returning it. — Christopher J. Klicka