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January / February 2004

Can Judicial Tyranny Be Stopped?

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The difference made by "little things"

Impact of the Widows Curriculum Scholarship Fund

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District contacts increase

The beginning of the school year typically brings homeschoolers more contact from their school districts. The 2003-04 school year, however, has brought a marked increase of illegal requests from school superintendents.

The Rock Island County regional office contacted the Williams family and told them that failure to fill out a Statement of Assurance form would result in the district considering the children truant. The statement is an optional form. Districts cannot require families to fill it out.

The Whiteside County regional superintendent demanded an unconstitutional visit to the McNeely family's home and inspection of all their curriculum.

In LaSalle County, the O'Bergs were asked by their "attendance caseworker"* to fill out a Home School Registration form.

Several families have again been contacted by the infamous Superintendent Dennison of Stark, Henry, and Bureau counties. However, he abandoned last year's unconstitutional demands for home visits, curriculum approval, and pre-trial hearings. He seems to have taken Home School Legal Defense Association's warning of a lawsuit seriously. This year, he simply asked the families to fill out an optional Statement of Assurance form to show that they are in compliance with the law.

Fulton, Peoria, and Will counties asked HSLDA member families to fill out illegal paperwork.

In each of these situations, HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka wrote the local district superintendent and explained that homeschooling families in Illinois are not required to submit to home visits, curriculum review, registration, or other illegal paperwork. As a result, every situation that came to our attention has been resolved.

— Christopher J. Klicka