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Officials Demand to See Curriculum
A Home School Legal Defense Association member family recently received a visit from Franklin/Williamson Regional Office of Education officials.* Stating that they were visiting all the homeschoolers in the area, the officials requested that the family fill out a form to register their homeschool with the state. The mother knew better than to fill out the form and sent the officials away.
After consulting with the school's attorney, however, one of the school officials returned to the family’s home with a truant officer. The truant officer stated that she had learned from the school attorney that although the school could not require the family to complete the registration forms, they could demand to see the family’s homeschool curriculum. Unwilling to be pushed around, the mother told the truant officer that she was not required by law to show the curriculum. When the truant officer and school official realized the mother would not give in, they left.
After the family contacted HSLDA, we immediately drafted a letter to the truant officer, explaining that the school officials had no right to demand to see the family’s curriculum and asserting that the family’s homeschool was in full compliance with Illinois law.
If you live in Illinois and receive a visit from school officials demanding to see your curriculum or asking you to fill out a form, do not let these people into your home. Do not let them see your curriculum, and do not fill out the form. The district does not have a legal right to require this. If you are unsure of how to handle the situation, please contact HSLDA immediately, even while the officials are at your doorstep.
— by Christopher J. Klicka
* See “HSLDA social services contact policy.”