The Home School Court Report
Vol. XXIV
No. 3
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May/June
2008

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Family Told to “Prove” They Homeschool

A Home School Legal Defense Association member family in Macon County started homeschooling in January 2008. Later that month, the Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education (ROE) told the family that it had been informed that education was not occurring in the home.

The ROE then told the family to provide the school district with 1) proof that instruction commensurate with the public school was being provided, 2) documentation of subjects taught, 3) an annual calendar and daily schedule, and 4) proof that the child’s level of academic achievement was comparable to that of his peers.

This, however, is not at all what Illinois homeschool law requires. State law only requires that home instruction be in the English language and that parents teach the same “branches of education taught to children of corresponding age and grade in the public school.” Our member family was providing their child with a quality education and was in full compliance with state law.

In response to the family’s request for assistance, HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka sent a letter to the ROE, informing them that the family was homeschooling in compliance with state law and that they would not provide the required documentation. Since then, the family has been able to continue their homeschool program without further interference.

— by Christopher J. Klicka