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August 2, 2010

Chicago Correcting “Mandatory Forms” Error

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) website recently contained information saying that homeschoolers must submit two forms annually. The first was the “Statement of Assurance” form, and the second was the “Illinois State Board of Education—Data Analysis and Progress Reporting” form.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote a letter to the CPS explaining that neither of these forms was actually mandatory under law. In fact, if CPS staff members had actually read the second form, they might have noticed that it contained the statement “registration is voluntary in Illinois.”

The attorney for CPS responded to Woodruff. He wrote that the school system would correct the website to make it clear that the forms are not mandatory.

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected. An earlier edition misstated the number of forms being requested for submission.