Illinois Democrat's Attempt to Register Homeschoolers Like Criminals

-By Warner Todd Huston

Treating homeschooled children like criminals that need to be tracked by the state, Democrat Illinois State Senator Ed Maloney of Chicago has introduced SB 136, a bill that requires all non-public school students to register with the State Board of Education.

The summary of the bill reads:

Amends the School Code. Requires the parents or legal guardians of children attending non-public schools, a defined term, or private or parochial schools to annually register their children with the State Board of Education, in conformance with procedures prescribed by the State Board of Education.

So, apparently this Democrat thinks that to be allowed to homeschool their own children Illinois parents have to register with the state, registering themselves like sex offenders, their every move tracked as if they are some threat to the state.

This thing needs to be defeated, Illinois. Call your state representatives and senators today and tell them to oppose this bill and anything like it.

A Facebook page has been created for those that oppose this horrible bill can be seen here:

(H/T Illinois Review)


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  • We have universal education in the United States, and state governments are under an obligation to either to provide a public eduction or determine that a substitute education (e.g. private, parochial, charter, home-school) is being provided.

    This law seems like a reasonable rule to help the state make those determinations, and is hardly very intrusive.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    The point is that if, as a home-educating parent, I relieve the government of that obligation for my children (which is absolutely my right), then why should I have to even let them know my children exist?
    We all know that 'registration' certainly isn't just that simple--it will be used either as a basis for harassment (under the guide of 'making sure the children are alright') or worse, an attempt to regulate or dictate what I teach them. You don't have to be cynical to see that registration is just the camel's nose under the tent--it will not stop here. If it really, genuinely were (and would always only be) registration in some static database, then it wouldn't be intrusive and no one would really be opposed. The problem is that, of course, simple static registration in a database doesn't really do anything, so either the registration is a waste of time and resources, or it is the first step in a process that will soon go far beyond simple benign registration.

    Furthermore, doesn't our state, and even the public schools paid for with your tax money, have other, significantly more pressing problems to deal with? There is such an overwhelming body of evidence that shows how homeschooled children routinely outperform state-schooled children, that it defies logic to believe that registration advances any credible state goal.

    That is why this is a big deal.

  • Like guns, home schooling can be dangerous you know..

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