UPDATE: March 12, 2012 - HB 4621 history - latest action - re-referred to rules committee.
* HSLDA Alert * - February 21, 2012 - UPDATE: March 5, 2012
HB 4621 - (reciprocal to SB 3259 passed in committee, Feb. 29, 2012 - see alert below) expands the Compulsory Attendance age.
Please call Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (217-558-1002) or your representative if he or she is on the committee. Use our Legislative Toolbox http://www.hslda.org/toolbox and type in your ZIP code to find the name of your senator.
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m.. Please
call before then!
UPDATE: April 5, 2012 - SB 3259 history
Dear Illinois HSLDA Members and Friends:
Your calls are needed immediately to stop a bill that would raise the
ending age for compulsory school attendance from the 17th to the 18th
SB 3259 would take away your freedom to decide whether school or some
other path is best for your 17-year-old to follow. And it would result
in higher taxes as unwilling older students are forced to stay in
schools. Parents, not government officials, should decide what path
is best for a 17-year-old.
The hearing is scheduled for Friday morning. Please call before then!
Please call Senator James Meeks, committee chair. Also, call your own
senator if he or she is on the committee (see HSLDA Alert link above). Use our Legislative Toolbox http://www.hslda.org/toolbox and type in your ZIP code to find the name of your senator.
Your message can be as simple as:
"Please vote no on SB 3259. Parents, not state officials, know whether
their 17-year-old should pursue formal education or some other
preparation for life responsibilities. The extra cost of forcing
unwilling young adults into a formal school setting should not be
added to our tax burden."
This bill would undermine the freedom of all parents. It is not
necessary for you to identify yourself as a homeschooler.
Current Status report HB 2985: (March 17, 2011) This bill has been rereferred to the Rules Committee. HSLDA has this listed as a "watch" status. IGA history page for HB2985 shows updated status.
Action Alert Update: HB 2985
* HSLDA Alert - March 16, 2011
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
A bill that would place young people under compulsory education for an additional year is being heard in committee today in Springfield.
Compulsory age in Illinois ends at age 17 right now. Rep. Jehan Gordon's HB 2985 would raise it to age 18.
The committee will probably vote on the bill within a few days. They need to hear from you that making an additional year of a young person's life subject to state mandate is not acceptable.
1. Please call your representative if he or she is a committee member (see list below). Use our Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find out who your representative is.
Even representatives whom you think already oppose the bill need to hear from you.
2. If your representative is not on the committee, call the chairperson, the vice chairperson and the minority spokesman (see below) * see HSLDA Alert link above.
3. Your message can be as simple as:
"Please vote NO on HB 2985. Parents, not state officials, know whether their 17-year-old young adult should pursue formal education or some other preparation for life responsibilities. The additional cost of forcing unwilling young adults into a formal school setting should not be added to the current taxpayer burden."
This bill would undermine the freedom of all parents. It is not necessary for you to identify yourself as a homeschooler.
Current status report SB 136: (March 3, 2011) HSLDA has posted follow up information regarding the latest meeting with Senator Maloney. He seems willing to dialogue with homeschool advocates and will be talking with HSLDA before considering any legislative action that would effect a change in Illinois homeschooling. Action recommended remains the same as below. HSLDA will remain vigilant in watching out for the rights of home education in Illinois.
Alert Update: SB136 - February 19, 2011
HSLDA ACTION ALERT: Calls are no longer recommended unless you would like to send Sen. Maloney a short thank you note for listening and withdrawing this bill.
On January 27, 2011, Senator Edward D. Maloney (D, 18th District) introduced SB136, a bill which would require parents of children in all private schools to register with the State Board of Education each year. After some opposition, he indicated he would move to amend the bill to apply only to home educators. The Senate Education Committee held a hearing on February 15, where an estimated 4,000 people went to the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield to protest this bill and attend the hearing. You can watch Scott Woodruff's testimony before the committee. It seems as though many of those unfamiliar with home schooling were also unfamiliar with the existing Illinois law that currently governs private home schools as well as the case law rulings. For further background information, an archived webinar (1:45) held by HSLDA can be viewed from HSLDA's website.
The Illinois State Senate voted to table SB136 on Thursday, 02/17/2011 at Senator Maloney's request. That means this particular bill has been removed from consideration. However, in subsequent interviews, Senator Maloney voiced his continuing concern for those students who are "slipping through the cracks" in home schools. He stated his intentions to continue to dialogue with "home school representatives" and public school officials to address truancy matters and how the State can identify problem home schools. This would indicate the possibility of further action on this issue. HSLDA, IFI, ICHE's legislative task force and others are watching the proceedings and will send out a new alert and call to action if necessary. if you wish to monitor the potential development on this issue, the illinois general assembly website for Senator Maloney's activity may be a good place to watch. Should there be another call to action and you wish to contact your Representative, you can locate the information at HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox.