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8/24/2007 10:08:01 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Registration Is Not Required as Some School Districts Assert

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August 24, 2007

Illinois: Registration Is Not Required as Some School Districts Assert

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Recently, several papers in the Lee and Ogle counties area in Illinois
ran an article which called upon homeschool parents to call the
Regional Office of Education to register their children.

Many of you contacted us about this article, because you were
concerned that if you did not call and register your homeschool you
would be violating the truancy laws and thus committing the Class C
misdemeanor mentioned in the article. Other families were concerned
that due to the intimidating language of the article, new homeschool
families would not realize that the registration was voluntary.

We would like to clarify the issue of registration in Illinois.

Although Illinois law requires homeschoolers to teach the equivalent
branches of education in the English language, nothing else, including
registration with the Regional Office of Education, is required.

In Illinois, registration is voluntary and is not required by state
law. The article insinuates that registration is required in order to
prevent truancy violations. However, this is just not true.
I sent a letter to the Lee-Ogle Regional Superintendent correcting
their error.

If you find other articles or receive letters from the school district
that similarly misrepresent the law, please contact our office.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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