The Rock River Times, Rockford, Illinois, Oct. 11-17, 2006, issue, Truancy ordinance violates home-schooled studentsâ€™ rights
And last, but certainly not least for me, I would have to agree with Deputy Chief Lindmark that “Homeschooling was really not a problem.” But this ordinance made it a problem for homeschoolers every time they are stopped to be “verified.” Does verification mean a trip home in the back of the police car? The school office has the name, phone number and address of truant public school students. But yet, the fundamental right of free movement to participate in legitimate activities isnâ€™t possible for all students from 7-17 years of age in Rockford now.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said these words about some civil rights many years ago in a letter from a Birmingham jail. It seems fitting now regarding kidsâ€™ basic rights without negating the racial struggle of that time.
“An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself.”