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October 10, 2012

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Illinois. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

School Drops Demand That Child Enroll Part-Time To Receive Speech Therapy

Home School Legal Defense Association member family K.C. asked their Rockton-area school district to provide speech therapy to their homeschooled child. The school staff told them they would only provide the service if the child also enrolled in a class at the public school. The family asked us for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote the school’s director of special education services. He quoted this statement from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): “The district’s obligation to serve such students [eligible homeschool students] shall be the same as its obligation toward students who attend a non-public school on a full-time basis.”

Woodruff reminded the director that it is a violation of ISBE policy to demand that a homeschool student enroll in the school part time in order to be eligible for special education services.

The director called the family and said the school would provide speech therapy.