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2/4/2011 5:01:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois: Homeschoolers NOT Exempt from Maloney's Child Registration Bill!

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Illinois: Homeschoolers NOT Exempt
from Maloney's Child Registration Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you for your calls to Senator Maloney! They are having an
impact!

A powerful response from families in his district may convince him to
withdraw his bill (SB 136) that would mandate that all homeschool
children (and all private school children) register with the state. At
this point we recommend that only residents of Maloney's district
contact him (see yesterday's e-lert for details
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10200 ).

One or two families have looked at the first few pages of the bill and
wondered whether homeschoolers might be exempt.

Reading to the very end of the bill, however, it's clear that only
public school students are exempt from registration. Page 7 of the
bill would add the following language (in caps) to the Illinois
compulsory attendance statute, 105 ILCS 5/26-1:

"The following children shall not be required to attend the public
schools: 1. Any child attending a private or parochial school where
children are taught the branches of education taught in the public
schools, and where the instruction is in the English language,
PROVIDED THAT THE PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS OF THE CHILD ANNUALLY
REGISTER THE CHILD WITH THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN ACCORDANCE
WITH PROCEDURES PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION."

"Provided that" in this context means "only if." It is clear
therefore that under this bill, only public school children would be
exempt from registration.

To read the full text of SB 136, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10199

CORRECTION

We inadvertently gave you an incorrect street address for Senator
Maloney in yesterday's e-lert. His correct street address is 2808 West
111th St, Chicago, Illinois, 60655. We apologize for the error. If
you live in his district and have not contacted him yet, please do!

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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