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August 7, 2003

Illinois Compulsory Attendance Legislation Resurfaces

Earlier in the 2003 legislative session the calls of Home School Legal Defense Association members helped defeat Illinois House Bill 2584, which would have raised the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18. However, this expansion of government oversight has resurfaced in House Bill 3811, filed just before the House recessed for the summer. This time, however, the bill lowers the compulsory school age from 7 to 5.

HSLDA oppose all attempts to expand the compulsory attendance age since it increases the years the state will have jurisdiction over our children. Once the session resumes in the fall we will track this bill and provide you with information on when and who to call to express your opposition.