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Charleston illegally requires registration

When a Home School Legal Defense Association member family received a letter from the Charleston Regional Superintendent of Schools, they contacted our office. The letter, dated August 1, 2005, had an attached "School Registration and Assurance Form" and calendar.*

The letter stated, "If you are still home-schooling your child (children) please complete the enclosed 'School Registration' form and return to the Regional Office of Education prior to due date listed on the application." The letter also asked homeschooling families to complete the enclosed calendar so the regional office could verify that their children were enrolled in a private school.

On our member family's behalf, HSLDA sent a letter to the Charleston Regional Office of Education explaining that Illinois homeschool law does not require families to register their homeschool, nor are they required to submit a calendar or any other materials.

If your school district sends you any forms to fill out regarding your homeschool program, discard them and contact our office immediately.

— by Christopher J. Klicka

* See "A plethora of forms."