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Jul 30, 2020

Ad Hoc ROE Letter

We so appreciate your efforts for the advancement of education here in Illinois. We know that the present crisis has added a tremendous burden to your already busy lives. We would like to help alleviate a little of that load when it comes to those who are considering homeschooling.

It has come to our attention that some public-school officials across the state of Illinois are communicating to parents who are opting for homeschooling that they must submit to various protocols which are in fact not required by state law. This is causing confusion and anxiety for some and more work for the schools. We believe this misinformation to be a misunderstanding of Illinois law and not a rejection of that law. These practices include but are not limited to:

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Illinois H.O.U.S.E.
Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience

What is H.O.U.S.E.?

Illinois HOUSE is a statewide network of support groups for people involved in homeschooling. We provide email and phone support about issues related to Illinois homeschooling. Common questions include how to withdraw a child from public school, what the school district needs from homeschooling families and how to deal with officials who ask for more than they're entitled to receive. We have member groups throughout the Chicago suburban area and more spread across the state.

HOUSE groups are nonsectarian (not religious based) and inclusive for all. That means that you will find people of all different lifestyles, educational styles, religious beliefs and unbeliefs. This mix of folks can be stimulating for some, and might not be for others. If you like learning about how all different kinds of people think, live and homeschool, a HOUSE group could be for you. Membership in HOUSE offers a certain amount of assurance to homeschoolers regarding legal issues. HOUSE holds a position on the board of the Ad Hoc Committee for Illinois Homeschool Legal and Legislative Matters, a group that very carefully monitors legal and legislative activity that can potentially have an effect on homeschools. Consulting and working together with other organizations on Ad Hoc, HOUSE is able to supply reliable and timely information to its members regarding legal issues.

Contact us via email at ContactUs@Illinoishouse.org or leave a message at (708) 816.4546 and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

Feb 16, 2019

Homeschool Freedoms Aren't Free

As Illinois homeschoolers are all aware we are the beneficiaries of decades of our predecessors carefully monitoring what is happening in our state legislature and several times a year quietly taking action on small but crucial concerns. On occasion, word is sent out throughout the homeschooling community to please take action on a specific issue because we couldn't make it go away quietly, but these have, thankfully, been rare.

The primary way we have been able to monitor such activity in the Illinois legislature is through a wonderful, dedicated lobbyist. Lobbyists need to be paid.

We are urging every Illinois home educator or supporter of home education to please join a local group that is a member one of the statewide groups that has a seat on the Ad Hoc Committee or to join one of these statewide groups as an individual. Your membership dues today will help keep a lobbyist in Springfield tomorrow.

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