Illinois blogger Susan Ryan found an interesting little item, a ‘guide’ to homeschool law in all fifty states, written up by counsel for the IL Principals Association. Anyone know anything about these folks?
Dec 5 2008 in Laws, Regulations, State News HelenTags: homeschooling law, Susan Ryan, The Law of Homeschooling, Weblogs 1 Comment »
Susan said on December 6, 2008
I thought a press release as news on Market Watch was odd, but have no conclusion about that.
I can speculate endlessly about the book before looking at it.
My speculations aren’t in agreement with this statement from the Ed Law Association:
“The monograph does not advocate for or against homeschooling, but provides detailed information on a subject that invokes passion on both sides of the issue.”
The IL Principal’s Association is a lobbying group for public schools.
Most Illinois principals aren’t particular fans of homeschooling.
Education lawyers specialize in the big business of being counsel for public schools.
Our local school district’s law firm has one attorney that wrote up the IL School Law Survey, which is updated every 2 years and has the school lawyer’s *opinion* of homeschooling in it. (I quoted some of it here: http://ilhomeschool.wordpress.com/2008/12/04/homeschooling-law-guides-according-to-education-lawyers/
Mr. Braun’s opinion (which seemed a bit resentful of the IL legislature’s inaction) is just that. Mr. Braun counseled the IL Assoc of School Boards and was a language arts teacher in suburban Chicago. He’s married to a school teacher. He was also on the Nat’l and IL Counsel of School Attorneys.
If I saw useful homeschool attorneys writing up a monograph for use by “homeschool advocates and public school officials to do what is in the interest of children”, I would appreciate that.
But background history makes me apprehensive of this definitive statement:”Confusion over homeschooling law exists within a vast realm of subject areas. This resource guide answers those questions. ”
I’ve heard too many school officials misstate regs to homeschoolers or potential homeschoolers. It’s done out of ignorance or intent in an authoritative and/or intimidating manner.
I would hope that this will not be The Guide for homeschoolers to turn to, as I think homeschool advocates know the regs (or lack of) better than an Education Lawyer. My concern would be that this would be a guide that potential homeschoolers use, even as that is the author’s (and Educcation Law Asoc’s) intent.
Maybe they asked for homeschool advocates’ advice and counsel. Maybe they called up Deborah Stevenson, or Debbie Schwarzer or any of the CA pro-homeschool attorneys involved with the recent CA ruling.
Wouldn’t that make sense?
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