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October 7, 2008

Truant Officer Calls Unsuspecting Family Based on False Anonymous Tip

An HSLDA member family called our offices after receiving a phone call from a LaSalle County truant officer. The officer had called the family’s home to say he needed to visit to review their homeschool curriculum and lesson plans. He had been alerted by an anonymous tipster and believed he needed to approve their curriculum in order to verify they were following the homeschool laws.

In order for the family to avoid the truant officer’s visit, HSLDA Senior Counsel Chris Klicka wrote a letter to the truant officer on their behalf.

In the letter, Klicka stated that the family was indeed homeschooling and following all the homeschool laws of the state. He assured the truant officer that they were operating their school in a bona fide manner.

Klicka stated that the law did not require the family to provide the specific and voluminous documentation that the truant officer requested, and that the family was declining to do so.

The truant officer has not contacted the family since.