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April 8, 2011

Rockton Relents, Offers Speech Therapy

A family in the Rockton area asked the local school system for speech therapy for their son, Tom. But the Winnebago County Special Education Cooperative told the Zelters (name changed to protect their privacy) that they would provide speech therapy only if they enrolled Tom in a regular public school class.

Members of HSLDA, the Zelters asked us for help. After confirming the denial of services, HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote a letter explaining that a homeschool in Illinois is a private school. And private school students have access to federally funded special education services under federal law. Woodruff pointed out that even the Illinois State Board of Education says homeschoolers have access to the services.

A school representative responded and said the system would provide Tom with the speech therapy he needed—without enrolling in a public school class.