The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 4
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July / August 2003


FEATURES
Homeschoolers shine at competitions
Ready for the new school year
Farris given prize
The tide turns with the Stumbo decision

Signs of the turning tide

Timeline of the Stumbo case

The Stumbos' thoughts
Bush signs bill to protect families

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

The National Center for Home Education
Freedom Watch

Watching school choice issues
From the heart
Across the states
Members only
Active Cases
About Campus
President's page

Beyond our expectations

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal contacts for March/April 2003



  LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  



ACROSS THE STATES

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ILLINOIS

Legislation would criminalize false reports

Many homeschoolers are routinely subjected to social worker investigations based on completely false allegations. Often, those who call in false "tips" face insignificant or no consequences.

Homeschoolers helped push through a bill that will curtail the large number of false tips often phoned in to child abuse hotlines. Sponsored by Representative Sandra Pihos, House Bill 2902 has passed both the Illinois House and the Senate and is now waiting for the governor's signature.

H.B. 2902 amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and the Criminal Code of 1961. The measure would make knowingly transmitting a false report of child abuse or neglect to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services a Class 4 felony.

Any person who knowingly transmits a false report to the Department commits the offense of disorderly conduct under subsection (a)(7) of Section 26-1 of the "Criminal Code of 1961."

Any person who violates this provision a second or subsequent time shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.

Home School Legal Defense Association members' response to an HSLDA e-lert on April 22 helped this legislation pass.

Christopher J. Klicka