Illinois citizens who support homeschooling as an education option


#1

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
10:45 a.m.

This is our first meaningful opportunity to stop a bill that would put
every homeschooled child directly under the authority of the Illinois
education bureaucracy.

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
Illinois!

ACTION REQUESTED

  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. If your senator is not on the committee, call the chairperson, the
    vice chairperson and the minority spokesman (see below).

  4. 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."

  5. 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!

  6. Pass this message on to others!

CONTACT INFORMATION

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

BACKGROUND

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!

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel


#2

Didn’t Germany recently take away a family’s kids because they homeschooled and wouldn’t precisely follow the secular dictates of the government?

Sounds like a similar path being paved here. Sadly, it is unsurprising.


#3

I am pretty sure there was a case in california about two years ago. The school system wanted to stop home schooling.

The public school system is the only hope of the left for a steady stream of indoctrinated kids. This system and it's management know that once the quality of home schooling becomes known, they will have no hope.

This public school system is enjoying great success at mass indoctrination of students in all kinds of topics from revisionist history, promoting alternative lifestyles, etc.


#4

HSLDA is also having a FREE PUBLIC webinar about this bill tomorrow night (Feb 11) at 9 pm. You can go to HSLDA site to register for the webinar or learn more about the bill.

It’s also worth noting that CURRENTLY, because of the way the bill is written PARENTS of both homeschoolers AND anyone that choose to send their child to a private/parochial school will have to register their child with the regional education office. This means that, based on how it’s written right now anyone that has their child enrolled in Catholic School, for exmample, will have to register with the state as well.

Sen. Maloney, the author of the bill, does plan on changing the bill language so that it will only applied to homeschoolers, however that is not the way it’s worded today. If you read the background in the OP post you’ll see how he plans on amending the wording so that it only implies to homeschoolers, but as it is written on ANYONE that has their child in a NON-PUBLIC School has to register!


#5

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