The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXIII
No. 5
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September/October
2007

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Attendance Officer Wants to ‘Approve’ Curriculum

A Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Olney was recently surprised when an attendance officer demanded to see and approve their daughter’s homeschool curriculum.

The family immediately called our office. HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka responded by sending the officer a letter outlining the family’s rights, detailing the state homeschool law, assuring the officer that the family was following the law, and pointing out that the family was not obligated to allow the officer to see their curriculum. Klicka indicated that the family declined the officer’s request to see the curriculum and that any questions regarding their decision should be directed to him instead of the family.

Illinois homeschoolers have no obligation to show their homeschool records to the school district unless the state has evidence that the family is not homeschooling properly. The said attendance officer did not have any evidence against our member family, and therefore, did not have any right to see their curriculum.

The family has been left alone and received no further contact from the attendance officer.

— by Christopher J. Klicka