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Ill. Homeschool Bill Dropped after Thousands Protest
Christian Post ^ | 2/16/11 | Stephanie Samuel

Posted on 02/16/2011 7:57:09 AM PST by ZGuy

A proposed Illinois bill to mandate homeschool student registration was dropped after 4,000 home schooling families flooded the state capitol to protest.

Homeschoolers and advocates from several state groups including Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE) and Home School Legal Defense showed up at Tuesday’s hearing to urge state lawmakers to leave them alone. The overwhelming response against the bill led lawmakers to reconsider the proposal.

“I would love for Sen. Maloney to understand that this is a hot potato and to leave well-enough alone,” said David Smith of the Illinois Family Institute.

Illinois is one among a dozen states where homeschooled children are not required to register with state education officials.

Chicago Democrat Sen. Edward Maloney’s proposed bill calls for mandatory registration and recognition of non-public elementary and secondary schools in order to ensure that all state students are participating a in “state approved educational institutions and programs.”

The bill would require homeschools to register their students with the Illinois State Board of Education annually.

Smith said the state is arrogant to assert that it knows better than parents. Homeschools are doing fine and do not need government help, he insisted.

“Don’t fix what’s not broken,” he proclaimed.

Still, state law requires that homeschooled students get education commensurate to in-school students. Officials say the mandatory registration would allow the state board to offer homeschooling parents educational tools and supplements.

Currently, the State Board of Education has no method to enforce the requirement unless local officials have some reason to bring the family to court.

Smith fears that mandatory registration today may mean state infringement on homeschool curriculum tomorrow.

“Illinois is one of the 10 best states for homeschooling, and we want to keep it that way,” said Smith.

Smith and ICHE had urged homeschooling families to hold a Homeschool Freedom Summit at the state Senate Education Committee hearing. According to Smith, 4,000 families came.

The crowd moved Maloney to reconsider his proposal.

The legislation "has had consequences that were beyond what I had intended," Maloney told St. Louis Today.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: frhf; homeschool; homeschoolers

1 posted on 02/16/2011 7:57:14 AM PST by ZGuy
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To: DeaconBenjamin; metmom

DB - Here’s the follow-up to your posted article “Illinois proposal would require home-schooled kids to register”


2 posted on 02/16/2011 7:59:26 AM PST by ZGuy
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To: ZGuy
Why, if the home-schooling parents had to register annually, the bookwork and policing alone would mean a new office being opened up with job openings for at least a couple dozen Quinn/Daley friends, relatives and hangers-on.

What a shame the bill ended up in Nowheresville.......ya know, the place where the bankrupt state of Illinois is firmly ensconced right now.

Leni

3 posted on 02/16/2011 8:06:55 AM PST by MinuteGal (OK, BOR...NAME the "far-rightists" you always morally compare to the far-leftists. Name names, NOW!)
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To: ZGuy

I bet that cash strapped Illinois was going to assess a fee for them to register as well.


4 posted on 02/16/2011 8:09:22 AM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White)
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To: ZGuy

Actually, the headline should have stated that the bill was “withdrawn,” not “dropped.” In legislative jargon, to “drop” a bill means to drop it in the hopper or, in other words, to introduce it.


5 posted on 02/16/2011 8:11:27 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: ZGuy

The left will, eventually, have to “address the homeschooling problem”,

because the product of homeschooling - kids that can think, reason, and have a strong basis for their standards and beliefs,

is very dangerous to their agenda.

However, I think they understand if they don’t go about it in the right way, a lot of them will end up with high speed lead poisoning for their efforts.


6 posted on 02/16/2011 8:21:49 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: ZGuy; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; ...

HOMESCHOOL PING

This ping list is for articles of interest to homeschoolers. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping List. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added or removed from either list, or both.

The keyword for the FREE REPUBLIC HOMESCHOOLERS’ FORUM is frhf.

Reruns for homeschoolers. Shades of HR6.

7 posted on 02/16/2011 8:22:36 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

:)


8 posted on 02/16/2011 8:30:37 AM PST by davidosborne (2012 will be the year of the INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE ! let's GOOOH !)
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To: ZGuy
" . . . to ensure that all state students are participating a in “state approved educational institutions and programs.”

This is the heart of the matter.
Homeschooled children are a threat to the leftist ideology.

9 posted on 02/16/2011 8:31:55 AM PST by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: ZGuy
Hurray!

I wasn't able to attend due to work, but several families from our local homeschool group made the trip, and a lot more of us sent emails and phone calls. It feels good to win a round.

10 posted on 02/16/2011 8:34:58 AM PST by Liberty1970 (Thanking God for many blessings :-))
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To: RightField; ZGuy
" . . . to ensure that all state students are participating a in “state approved educational institutions and indoctrination programs.”

Fixed it for them.

11 posted on 02/16/2011 8:40:23 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

:)


12 posted on 02/16/2011 8:46:56 AM PST by davidosborne (2012 will be the year of the INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE ! let's GOOOH !)
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To: ZGuy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy
The dope that introduced this bill, Sen. Ed Maloney, is my state Senator, I'm sad to say. He's actually usually pretty decent and leans conservative on social issues (pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, anti-illegal immigration, etc.), but he is a total combiner and he will carry the water for the Chicago machine whenever needed.

Unfortunately with the combine stealing the Governor's race last November, they've been really emboldened to feel they can do whatever they want to voters and face no reprecussions. I've been very disappointed with Maloney lately -- first supporting Quinn's massive tax increase, supporting the death penalty repeal, and now this.

The really sad part is he essentially runs unopposed, and has always faced no or only token "opposition" on the ballot. He was basically appointed our Senator-for-life. Every time a real, viable Republican tries to run, the combine pulls some dirty tricks and throws the guy off the ballot. Our most recent conservative GOP nominee was forced to run a write-in campaign in the last election.

This Senate district was held by one of the most conservative Illinois State Senators prior to 2003, Pat O'Malley. He was one of the "fab five" of conservative reformers who opposed the GOP establishment (along with Chris Lauzen, Steve Rauschenberger, Dave Syverson and Peter Fitzgerald) and was the conservative choice in the 2002 GOP governor primary. Of course, since the RATs took this seat, the state party has written it off and never spends a cent trying to get it back.

That's the reality of state and local politics. Those who oppose term limits on the theory that "we can term limit them ourselves at the ballot box" and want to repeal the 17th amendment because they think state legislatures care about the best interests of their citizens need to take a long hard look at how state government is actually run.

Personally I'd like to require those "states rights" conservatives spend a few months watching how my state government operates.

13 posted on 02/16/2011 8:56:02 AM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: ZGuy

What requirements do they have now? Here in PA the state law mandates that you bend over and spread ‘em before your local superintendent of schools. For us, state registration would be an improvement — the state would likely require less documentation, and ignore whatever it did require. But a local school district, that loses between five and eight thousand dollars per pupil homeschooled — they can be spiteful, petty, dictatorial, punitive scoundrels.


14 posted on 02/16/2011 9:39:53 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: metmom
I've seen a lot of different lists....of the "Best" places to HS....

But it always seems the criteria is different.

If we are just talking about state intervention/reg's/hoops to jump thru..etc....what are the top ten?

15 posted on 02/16/2011 9:47:35 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: ZGuy
It is kind of interesting how they call it 4000 families, but don't list a number. Most people might assume around 10,000 people from 4000 families. But home-schoolers usually have a few (sarc) more kids than average. The actual number could have been between 30,000 - 40,000 people.
16 posted on 02/16/2011 9:49:28 AM PST by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: ZGuy

Excellent news. Now I’m thinking, just what need to
be done so that this sort of think is never brought up
again?


17 posted on 02/16/2011 10:04:25 AM PST by cycjec
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

In Florida we NOTIFY our local school board that we are homeschooling.. big difference from a REQUEST to home school.. in addition we must have an annual evaluation by ANY certified teach.. of OUR choice not the governments.. this report does NOT go to the government it is for the PARENTS to know where their kids are... in most cases homeschooled kids are AHEAD of their public schooled kids.. but that is none of the governments business.. a simple letter stating that an evaluation was done and Little Jane or Little Johnnie is making progress.. PERIOD.. I would much rather this be done at the LOCAL level than at the State level..


18 posted on 02/16/2011 10:17:36 AM PST by davidosborne (2012 will be the year of the INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE ! let's GOOOH !)
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To: davidosborne

But you don’t even have to notify the county to homeschool in Florida if you go through an umbrella school like we did. For all intents and purposes the umbrella schools are treated as private schools in this state. The Florida indoctrination system never had a clue I was homeschooling because I used an umbrella school.


19 posted on 02/16/2011 11:40:50 AM PST by Waryone (RINOs, Elites, and Socialists - on the endangered list, soon to become extinct.)
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To: ZGuy

“The legislation “has had consequences that were beyond what I had intended,” Maloney told St. Louis Today.”

You bet it does, and one of the consequences is that you will probably be out of a job next election cycle. Sometimes that happens to legislators who think they can easily pick on homeschoolers.


20 posted on 02/16/2011 12:30:43 PM PST by goldi (')
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To: ZGuy

“Officials say the mandatory registration would allow the state board to offer homeschooling parents educational tools and supplements.”

Someone ows me a new keyboard... What they’re serious?


21 posted on 02/16/2011 12:40:20 PM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: Waryone

To me going under an “umbrella” is giving some of your parental authority away to the “umbrella”.. . the only “umbrella” I need is the one my wife and I are holding :).... now we do network with other homeschool parents/kids who are part of Classical Conversations


22 posted on 02/16/2011 12:51:27 PM PST by davidosborne (2012 will be the year of the INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE ! let's GOOOH !)
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To: Waryone

I have no issue with the NOTIFICATION procedure.. the day they try to turn it into a “request” you can expect every homeschooler in Florida to march on Tallahassee you can bet on it....


23 posted on 02/16/2011 12:56:56 PM PST by davidosborne (2012 will be the year of the INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE ! let's GOOOH !)
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To: ZGuy

Homeschooled all over this country....and never once “registered” with the State or anyone else. Screw ‘em. How I raised and educated my own kids was my business. Period.


24 posted on 02/16/2011 1:42:40 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: goldi

Yep, that’s another thing about homeschoolers -

it’s easy to get your kids to be politically active
as part of their “civics” classes.

Another reason the left will have to “deal” with us, eventually.


25 posted on 02/16/2011 1:48:20 PM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: davidosborne

The point is that Florida allows more than one form of compliance. If you want the county keeping track of the fact that you are homeschooling, you can sign up with the county. If you don’t want the govt. system knowing that you’re homeschooling, you can comply in another way.


26 posted on 02/16/2011 4:29:06 PM PST by Waryone (RINOs, Elites, and Socialists - on the endangered list, soon to become extinct.)
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To: Osage Orange

in very liberal California, it’s pretty easy to homeschool... once a year we fill out an R4 Affidavit, which is what the private schools do... each homeschool operates like a private school... no testing, evaluations... no checking in with anybody...


27 posted on 02/16/2011 10:15:03 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: BillyBoy

It’s nice to see the scared out of passing something for once.


28 posted on 02/17/2011 3:13:36 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: ZGuy
Ill. Homeschool Bill Dropped after Thousands Protest

What happens when Christians actually show up.

Even in Illinois.

29 posted on 02/17/2011 3:23:46 AM PST by EternalVigilance (A republic, if you can keep it.)
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To: latina4dubya
Yep!! I lived there...and HS'd there. Was easy...

Moved to OK...and was super easy here too.

Good luck!!

30 posted on 02/17/2011 7:28:30 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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