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February 4, 2004

HSLDA Prevents "Truancy Hearing"

The Brown family in Wilmington, Illinois were contacted by a truant officer with the Will County Regional Office of Education. The Regional Office had received a call from a tipster indicating the Brown family was not "providing an adequate course of instruction in the proscribed branches of learning." The truant officer gave Mr. Brown one week to prepare for a "truancy hearing."

The Brown family contacted the HSLDA Legal Department for assistance.

Attorney Chris Klicka immediately called the truant officer and explained that the family would not be attending the truancy hearing. Instead, Attorney Klicka offered to provide the truant officer with evidence that the family was in compliance with state law.

Attorney Klicka wrote a letter to this truant officer detailing the right to homeschool in Illinois. He verified that the family was in compliance with the law and listed the subjects and curriculum the family used.

This quick response was enough to satisfy the truant officer that the Brown family was providing an adequate education, and the case has been dropped.