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6/1/2005 5:14:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Victory! Compulsory Attendance Age Bill Dead For Now

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Illinois--Victory! Compulsory Attendance Age Bill Dead For Now

Thank you for your tireless calls, e-mails, and visits to stop Senate
Bill 409. This bill would have lowered the compulsory attendance age
from 7 to 5, giving the school district two more years to have
jurisdiction over homeschoolers.

Repeatedly, we sent out e-lerts asking for you to contact the Illinois
legislature. The senate passed SB 409, but it has died in the house.

The last effort was made March 31st by the legislators who supported
SB 409. They unsuccessfully tried to pass it out of the House
Elementary and Secondary Education Committee during the last few hours
of this year's session. Since the final action deadline for bills is
passed, the bill is essentially dead.

There is a possibility that this bill could be resurrected in a
special session later this year. We will keep you updated and monitor
it closely.

We especially give thanks to Ralph Garcia, with the Christian Home
Educators Coalition, and his tenacious work to lobby against SB 409.

Your phone calls and constant pressure on the committee made the
difference. This compulsory attendance age bill was targeted for
passage and should have been passed with the present make up of the
legislature. You won this uphill battle. Thank you for your
faithfulness. We all know that the price of freedom is eternal
vigilance.

God bless you.


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
Senior Counsel
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