Home school registration proposal gets scrapped

Illinois home school groups have flunked a proposal that would have encouraged parents to register with public school officials if they opt to teach their kids at home.

State Sen. Dan Rutherford said Thursday he will drop his proposal for voluntary registration because of the lack of support among home school groups. Rutherford (R-Pontiac) suggested the proposal in response to a dispute last fall when a regional school superintendent tried to monitor several home schools in Bureau County.

Home school parents and support organizations protested, saying Illinois law has no provisions to regulate or even register home schools.

“I’m sure we would find that about as pleasing as the Catholic schools or the Jewish schools would. We’re private schools, too. We don’t find it necessary,” said Jean Kulczyk of Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience, a statewide support group. Read more…

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