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8/19/2011 3:09:47 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Principal Asks Governor for More Homeschool "Accountability"

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Illinois--Principal Asks Governor for More Homeschool "Accountability"

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Galesburg.com recently reported that public school principal Nancy
Hroziencik wrote to Governor Quinn asking for "...more accountability
for home schooled children, possibly by having such students take ISAT
tests..."

I called the office of Ms. Hroziencik and asked her assistant to fax
me a copy of the letter so I could see it. A few minutes later I
received a call back. Ms. Hroziencik told me that she did not have a
copy because it was not actually a letter, but only a comment she
wrote in the "comments" section of a routine email she received from
the state.

We had a lengthy conversation in which I explained that current laws
are adequate. I said that her focus should be on her own
accountability to the students whose parents choose public education.

I told her about a Fox News report on a young lady named Bridget
Green. She had the best grade point average in her public high school
but couldn't pass a 10th grade-level math test. She scored in the
bottom 1% of all students taking the ACT college admission test.

Her apparent status as valedictorian rested on her teachers giving her
excellent grades because she was a "good kid," the article concluded.
Ironically, her request to drop a PE class and take an extra math
class her senior year was refused. That's how "accountability"
sometimes works in public schools.

We are not recommending that our Illinois members take any action at
this point. Candidly, I expect nothing will come of Ms. Hroziencik's
comment to the governor.

Sincerely,

Scott A Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

To read the Fox News article, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12105

For the Galesburg.com article, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12106



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