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Attendance Officer Wants to ‘Approve’ Family’s Curriculum
A member family in Olney contacted Home School Legal Defense Association recently after a surprise contact from an attendance officer who demanded to see and approve their daughter’s homeschool curriculum!
HSLDA Attorney Chris Klicka responded by sending the officer a letter outlining the family’s rights. In the letter, Klicka detailed the homeschool law, assuring the officer that the family was following the law and in no way was obligated to allow the officer to see the curriculum. Klicka also indicated that the family was declining the request to see the curriculum and that any questions regarding their decision should be directed to him instead of the family.
Families in Illinois have no obligation to show their homeschool records to school district officials unless the state has evidence that the family is not homeschooling properly. In this case, the attendance officer did not have any evidence against the family, and therefore, did not have any right to see the curriculum.
The family has been left alone and received no further contact.