Chicago Senator Maloney introduced a bill two years ago that would require homeschool registration with the Illinois State Board of Education. Even after an estimated 4,000 homeschoolers showed up at the Capitol for an informational only hearing on this bill, Senator Maloney had a hard time letting the bill finally go. After hearing Senate Education Vice-Chair Lightford’s interview responses related to her bill lowering the compulsory attendance age, I don’t think the super-majority party is done with homeschoolers yet.
The Illinois homeschooling community thought we sent a clear and fair message we did not want our freedoms tampered with, we were obviously doing just fine in educating our children. The public school system should correct their gulf of educational failure, rather than worrying about any perceived cracks in parent-directed educations.