i know this is going around the homeschool group circles, but if you're not a homeschooler but support home schooling as an option you may have not heard this:
From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
Illinois: Help Needed Immediately
to Stop Registration of Homeschool Children
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
SB 136, Senator Maloney's bill that would require all homeschooled
children to be registered with the government, will have a hearing
before the Senate Education Committee this Tuesday, February 15, at
This is our first meaningful opportunity to stop a bill that would put
every homeschooled child directly under the authority of the Illinois
How much power would the Illinois Department of Education have over
your children? As much as it wants.
SB 136 as written gives the Department unlimited power to mandate what
families submit when they register their children.
You--the individual homeschool families of Illinois--are now a vital,
powerful, line of defense protecting the freedom to homeschool in
Please attend the hearing on February 15 at 10:45 a.m. in Room 212
in the state Capitol, Springfield, Ill. Feel free to bring
well-behaved children. Please consider taking a day of vacation from
work to protect your freedom. A big crowd will send a powerful
message. Fill out a witness slip as you enter the room if you wish to
speak. We are hoping for a very big crowd! Could you car pool and
bring more people?
Prior to the hearing, call your senator if he or she is a committee
member (see list below). Use our Legislative Toolbox at
hslda.org/toolbox to find out who your senator is. Even
senators whom you think already oppose the bill need to hear from you!
If your senator is not on the committee, call the chairperson, the
vice chairperson and the minority spokesman (see below).
Your message can be as simple as: "Please vote NO on SB 136.
Studies show that homeschooling prepares students for college better
than other types of education. There is no need for government to
expand into an area that is already so successful. A new registration
mandate will require taxes to go up to pay for it."
Attend the rally before the hearing! ICHE is holding a rally in
the auditorium of the Howlett Building, 501 South 2d St., Springfield,
Il before the hearing. Details will follow!
Pass this message on to others!
Chairperson : James T. Meeks
Springfield Office: (217) 782-8066
District Office: (708) 862-1515
Vice-Chairperson : Kimberly A. Lightford
Springfield Office: (217) 782-8505
District Office: (708) 343-7444
Member: Gary Forby
Springfield Office: (217) 782-5509
District Office: (618) 439-2504
Member: Susan Garrett
Springfield Office: (217) 782-3650
District Office: (847) 433-2002
Member: Iris Y. Martinez
Springfield Office: (217) 782-8191
District Office: (773) 463-0720
Member: John G. Mulroe
Springfield Office: (217) 782-1035
District Office: (773) 763-3810
Minority Spokesperson : David Luechtefeld
Springfield Office: (217) 782-8137
District Office: (618) 243-9014
Member: J. Bradley Burzynski
Springfield Office: (217) 782-1977
District Office: (815) 895-6318
Member: Kyle McCarter
Springfield Office: (217) 782-5755
District Office: (217) 428-4068
Member: Suzi Schmidt
Springfield Office: (217) 782-7353
District Office: (224) 372-7465
Homeschool leaders met with Sen. Maloney recently, but he has refused
to withdraw his bill. In fact, he plans to amend it so children in
institutional private schools are exempt from registering--so it would
impact only homeschoolers.
He also plans to amend the bill to require families to register with
the regional office of education rather than the state Department of
Education. Obviously, this makes no meaningful difference.
On Feb. 8, the Illinois Review quoted Sen. Maloney as admitting "he
doesn't understand" why homeschoolers are so opposed to SB 136. A big
crowd at the hearing this Tuesday may help him understand!
The Illinois Christian Home Educators Association and HSLDA are united
in opposing this bill.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
HSLDA Senior Counsel