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3/16/2011 5:06:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Please Call Now to Oppose Compulsory School Age Increase

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Illinois--Please Call Now to Oppose Compulsory School Age Increase

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

A bill that would place young people under compulsory education for an
additional year is being heard in committee today in Springfield.
Compulsory age in Illinois ends at age 17 right now. Rep. Jehan
Gordon's HB 2985 would raise it to age 18.

The committee will probably vote on the bill within a few days. They
need to hear from you that making an additional year of a young
person's life subject to state mandate is not acceptable.


1. Please call your representative if he or she is a committee member
(see list below). Use our Legislative Toolbox at to find out who your representative is.
Even representatives whom you think already oppose the bill need to
hear from you.

2. If your representative is not on the committee, call the
chairperson, the vice chairperson and the minority spokesman (see

3. Your message can be as simple as:

"Please vote NO on HB 2985. Parents, not state officials, know whether
their 17-year-old young adult should pursue formal education or some
other preparation for life responsibilities. The additional cost of
forcing unwilling young adults into a formal school setting should not
be added to the current taxpayer burden."

This bill would undermine the freedom of all parents. It is not
necessary for you to identify yourself as a homeschooler.


Elementary & Secondary Education Committee Members:

Chairperson : Linda Chapa LaVia
(217) 558-1002

Vice-Chairperson : Fred Crespo
(217) 782-0347

Minority Spokesperson : Jerry L. Mitchell
(217) 782-0535

Member: John D. Cavaletto
(217) 782-0066

Member: Marlow H. Colvin
(217) 782-8272

Member: Monique D. Davis
(217) 782-0010

Member: Lisa M. Dugan
(217) 782-5981

Member: Kenneth Dunkin
(217) 782-4535

Member: Roger L. Eddy
(217) 558-1040

Member: Keith Farnham
(217) 782-8020

Member: Esther Golar
(217) 782-5971

Member: Jehan A. Gordon
(217) 782-3186

Member: Camille Y Lilly
(217) 782-6400

Member: Rita Mayfield
(217) 558-1012

Member: Bill Mitchell
(217) 782-8163

Member: Donald L. Moffitt
(217) 782-8032

Member: Thomas Morrison
(217) 782-8026

Member: Harry Osterman
(217) 782-8088

Member: Sandra M. Pihos
(217) 782-8037

Member: Robert W. Pritchard
(217) 782-0425

Member: David Reis
(217) 782-2087

Member: Pam Roth
(217) 782-5997

Member: Darlene J. Senger
(217) 782-6507

Member: Karen A. Yarbrough
(217) 782-8120


Not all 17-year-olds belong in a formal school setting. Some would be
better off in a work training program, apprenticeship, obtaining
valuable work experience, etc. This decision belongs to parents, not
state officials.

Pushing unwilling older students into the classroom will disrupt the
other students who truly want to learn. Since many 17-year-olds have
the size and strength of adults, classrooms could become even more

Raising the compulsory age does not help young people. Some of the
states with the highest graduation rates have the lowest compulsory
attendance cut-off age.

Most states have a compulsory attendance cut-off age of 16 or less.
Illinois already has a higher age (17) than most.

Taxes would inevitably rise to pay for more classroom space and
teachers. When California raised the upper age limit of compulsory
attendance, taxpayers were forced to pay for the building of new
schools just to handle the older, unwilling students and their
behavior problems.

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at

Thank you for your calls on behalf of freedom in Illinois.


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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