Susan, at Corn and Oil, and Fran at The Illinois Review, haveÂ posts on the recent push by Illiniois authorities to roll up homeschooling with truancy in a situation from earlier in the year:
The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois, Marion woman to spend weekend in jail for allowing son’s truancyÂ
Williamson County Stateâ€™s Attorney Charles Garnati filed charges against Harris in 2005. An investigation by the Regional Office of Education determined that Harrisâ€™ son, then 15 years old, was not being home-schooled by his mother, Garnati said.
Corn and Oil, Â 13 July 2006, Teaching Mom a School Lesson
Thatâ€™s the second time Iâ€™ve seen home checks as authorized under the ROE.Â Guess there should be a clear message about their real authority.
Illinoisreview, 12 September 2006, Show me your books, or else
Truancy officers in downstate Franklin/Williamson Counties evidently believe Illinois law allows public schools to determine whether private schools which meet in the home are offering an acceptable education.
Reminds one of a McDonald’s inspector appointing himself to determine whether or not a Wendy’s salad is acceptable for consumption.
Corn and Oil, 12 September 2006, Homeschoolers Donâ€™t Like Hearing “or else”
Garnati said home-schooling parents arenâ€™t exempt from truancy policies governing Williamson County students.
Wrong again, Mr. Garnati. And youâ€™re not making any friends in the homeschooling world, in case you were wondering.Â There is NO authority to ” to do home checks and monitor home-schooled children” as described in the Marion Daily Republican.