The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1999
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Cover Story
What Did the Founders Say? A Strategy to Bring Original Intent Back to U.S. Courts

Special Features
House Protects Liberty—When Money Is at Stake

Debate: The Clash of Skill, Wit, and Ideas

PHC Breaks New Ground

Touched By An Angel Responds to Home Schooler’s Concerns

National Center Reports
Straight A’s Bill Introduced

Marriage Penalty Tax Relief

New Plan Allows SSN Alternative for IRS Deductions

The Beginning of the End:National Teaching Certificates and Goals 2000

Military Recuitment of Home Schoolers Increasing

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

A Contrario Sensu

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Home School Heartbeat in Illinois

Albion
WBJW/Gospel Time
91.7
FM
Ava
WXAN
103.9
FM
Belvidere
BNNS Internet Radio
INTERNET

Canton
W282AO
104.3
FM
Dahinda
W262BT
100.3
FM
Du Quoin
WAWJ
90.1
FM
Dunlap
W280DL
103.9
FM
Elgin
W219CD
91.7
FM
Lincoln
WLLM
1370
AM
Lincoln
WLLM FM
105.3
FM
Marion
WBVN
104.5
FM
Mitchell
KXEN
1040
AM
Moline
WAXR
88.1
FM
Morton
W276CC
103.1
FM
Mt. Vernon
WAPO
90.5
FM
Mt. Vernon
WAPO
90.5
FM
Olney
WPTH
88.1
FM
Plano
WAUR
930
AM
Rockford
WFEN
88.3
FM
Illinois

Back Door Registration
    Earlier this year, Illinois home schoolers breathed a sigh of relief when a bill that would have required them to register with the state was tabled. However, two local school districts have recently tried other back door approaches to registration. The Regional Office of Education for Boone-Wynnebago Counties, sent a letter to a Home School Legal Defense Association member family stating,

Remember that home schooling forms must be filed each school year . . . We will also send you verification of approval, or if necessary, return the forms for further information. . . . The child/children should not be withdrawn from school until you have received approval verification from the Regional Office of Education.
    HSLDA attorney Scott Woodruff contacted the Regional Office of Education for Boone-Wynnebago Counties and explained that there is no requirement under Illinois law that home schooling families fill out any registration forms or other forms.
    Harlem Consolidated Schools, Loves Park, Illinois, repeatedly sent notices to a member family who had recently started home schooling, indicating that their child had numerous unexcused absences. When attorney Woodruff pointed out that the child no longer attended that school, Harlem Consolidated Schools explained that it is their practice to continue to treat home schooled children as inexcusably absent until they receive “notification from the state Regional Office of Education that the parent has notified the regional office of home schooling.”
    Illinois parents do not, however, have any duty to notify any regional office of education. It defies logic for a school system to continue to treat a student as inexcusably absent while waiting for a notice that is not required by law and almost certainly will never come.
    The Harlem Consolidated School District agreed to stop sending unexcused absence notices to this family. We hope this is the end of the back door effort to compel registration.