Homeschoolers in Illinois are facing challenges to their situation as described in this Sun-Times article by Fran Eaton, titled Homeschooling Parents Not Eager for States Help:
Homeschoolers can be called a lot of things because they’re so independent and self-sufficient, and that seems counter-intuitive in today’s world. But they’re not as paranoid as some public school officials would make them out to be. The truancy officer acknowledged he would assume guilt before proving innocence. He would not have a problem searching private homes to prove the schools within were up to state standards.
The Senate committee exchange became more revealing when Reynolds told the committee he would look around those registered homes for computers with educational software, books and other indications teaching was going on.
And then he would “help” them.
Illinois blogger Susan Ryan is following the situation closely at her blog Corn and Oil:
Illinois homeschoolers don’t want any legislation that will infringe on their rights. Any negotiations are concerning if they ever end in compromise. 4,000 Illinois homeschoolers in the Capitol showed the resolve about that issue.
Susan also noted the formation of a political action committee for Illinois homeschoolers:
One good thing to come of this ongoing fiasco is the creation of the IL Homeschool PAC. We needed that yesterday.