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June 23, 2008

Homeschool Family Threatened with Truancy Charges

An HSLDA member family was contacted by the Regional Truant Officer for Bureau, Henry, and Stark counties and told that they must submit to a home visit, curriculum approval, and even a “pre-trial” hearing to avoid being charged with truancy.

The Home School Legal Defense Association has contacted this same officer on behalf of other members in the past. Each time the issue was resolved, but apparently this truant officer will not give up!

HSLDA Senior Counsel Chris Klicka once again wrote a letter to the truant officer, but this time on behalf of the Marks family (named changed to protect privacy). He pointed out that these threatening tactics were not authorized by law. He assured the officer that the Marks family was following the requirements for homeschooling in Illinois and that no home visit, curriculum approval, or even trial would be needed.

The letter resolved the situation and the Marks family has not been contacted by the truant officer since.