Legislation Updates

2020 ROE Letter

posted Jul 30, 2020, 9:33 PM by Adhoc Admin   [ updated Jul 30, 2020, 9:33 PM ]

Ad Hoc Committee
Illinois Home Education Legal and Legislative Matters

To Whom It May Concern:

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:

  • Implying that registering with the Illinois State Board of Education is mandatory rather than voluntary
  • Requiring curriculum to be submitted for approval
  • Saying that there will be “spot-checks” by truant officers or social workers
  • Expecting additional forms to be completed
  • Saying that annual forms must be completed
  • Threatening homeschoolers that their high school credits will not be received by schools and that all homeschooling students will be readmitted as freshmen
  • Telling parents that their children will not be allowed to return to the public school system

The purpose of this letter is to help clear up these misunderstandings of Illinois state law, so that officials will cease instructing parents to do more than the law requires.

Illinois law mandates that students between the ages of 6 and 17 attend either a public or private school. A homeschool is considered a private school. There is no separate category for homeschools apart from other private schools under the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/26-1).

In 1950, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that homeschools are to be considered private schools. In 1974, the U.S. District Court stated in the case "Scoma v. Chicago Board of Education" that the "Levisen" decision quoted above was "reasonable and constitutional.” Thus, the federal and state courts recognize that the legal requirements for a homeschool are the same as any other private school in Illinois. Furthermore, there is no law requiring private schools to register with any public school official, nor are they required to seek state recognition, approval, or accreditation.

While our organization does encourage sending a Letter of Withdrawal to the school the child has been attending, the law does not require this. However, it seems to us to be a common courtesy to minimize confusion on the part of the school, and therefore we recommend it to all new homeschoolers. Additionally, the law does not recognize any of the aforementioned bullet points as things parents “need to do” before exiting the public school.

We hope this clarification is beneficial and we humbly ask that you review your information and address any errors. Like you, we want what is best for each child and believe that loving parents are best qualified to make these decisions. If you have any questions, feel free to visit our website at www.il-adhoc.org/home or send an email at Contact@il-adhoc.org.


Ad Hoc Committee for Illinois Home Education Legal and Legislative Matters

Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience (H.O.U.S.E.)

Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE)

Roman Catholic Home Educators Network (RCHEN)

July 30, 2020

July 25, 2020

posted Jul 26, 2020, 8:00 PM by Adhoc Admin   [ updated Jul 26, 2020, 8:00 PM ]

The Ad Hoc Committee for Illinois Homeschool Legal and Legislative Matters met this week to discuss concerns about potentially inaccurate legal statements made by numerous public school officials throughout the State of Illinois. These concerns are being investigated and will be addressed on a case by case basis. Thank you to everyone who helped make us aware of their detailed concerns!

Ad Hoc Report - May 14, 2019

posted May 15, 2019, 7:44 PM by Adhoc Admin

It’s been a busy legislative season. We’ve had to watch or intervene in many bills. I’ve highlighted the two bills that are still of concern to us.

HB0026 – A reincarnation of the 2017 bill, HB0230, which we fought and defeated at the time. This year, sponsor Andre Thapedi has inserted most of the wording in the amendment that we had proposed to him. We have decided that the bill is no longer harmful to homeschoolers, but have continued to watch it. It has passed in the House and is now in the Higher Education Committee Senate.

SB2075 – This bill lowers the compulsory school age from 6 to 5. We have opposed it vigorously. In spite of the fact that we had thousands of opponents sign witness slips, the Senate passed it. It is now in the Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policies Committee in the House. This bill has been defeated. It will not pass this year.

HB0181 – would have made “parental bullying” a petty offense. This might have been applied to any parent seen as disciplining in any way offensive to the observer, and could have put all parents in an impossible situation. We did not need to oppose this bill because it was defeated by other organizations. It has been tabled.

HB0330 – This bill would have made it illegal for any public or private school to belong to any athletic association other than the one created by this bill. We opposed it. Our lobbyist spoke with the sponsor, who promised he did not intend to hurt homeschoolers with it. The bill has re-referred to the Rules Committee, and we are assuming it is dead.

HB3560 – This bill would have called for a visit from CPS/DCFS to every single homeschooler in the state, as soon as they registered their intention to homeschool. It also contained other annual reporting requirements. Our lobbyist (as well as representatives from other organizations) spoke to the sponsor, who then tabled the bill.

SB1478 – This bill would have raised the compulsory age from 17 to 18. We opposed it, but decided that our efforts were better spent on SB2075. SB1478 was re-referred to the Assignments committee, so we believe it is dead for this season.

HB1918 – This bill is meant to allow homeschoolers to write work permits for their own children, but contains the word “home-school” which would hurt our status as private schools in Illinois. We oppose this bill, and have contacted the sponsor in the House, and now, since it passed in the House, the sponsor in the Senate. We suggested that they either table the bill, or insert an amendment to change the wording. We have now been told that the bill will not be passed this year.


Ad Hoc Committee for Illinois Legal and Legislative Matters

SB 2075

posted Mar 21, 2019, 6:50 PM by Adhoc Admin

To all Illinois Homeschoolers:

SB2075 made it out of committee unscathed and is headed for its second reading in the senate. This bill obliterates parental rights by stating the government knows better than parents when their child should start the educational process. SB2075 lowers the present age of compulsory attendance from age six down to five. One senator told our lobbyist that the ultimate goal is to the lower the compulsory age to THREE years old.

We understand that there are some families whose children might benefit from extra enrichment earlier in life, but we resist this legislator's attitude that NO families are adequate to address the healthy growth and development of their children without being compelled to step back and let the "experts" do it. How disrespectful! How can they claim to be representing our wishes as their constituents?

While this bill goes from age six to age five, this is just one step closer to such issues as registration and governmental intervention for all homeschoolers as was proposed earlier this year. We cannot sit idle like the frog in the ever-increasing temperatures of government encroachment and wonder ten years from now how we lost our liberties.

We strongly encourage every voting member of each household to personally call their senator AS WELL AS the bill's sponsor Senator Lightford’s office and oppose SB 2075. As always, be courteous but direct.

To help you find your senator, you may go to the following site https://www.elections.il.gov/districtlocator/addressfinder.aspx. For Senator Lightford’s Springfield office, call (217) 782-8505. When calling, there is no need to describe yourself as a homeschooler but simply as a concerned citizen, parent, and taxpayer.

Your representatives on the
Ad Hoc Committee for
Illinois Home Education Legal and Legislative Matter

HB230 - UPDATE - Public University Uniform Admission Act

posted Oct 11, 2018, 8:06 AM by Adhoc Admin

10/2018 UPDATE - In the Winter of 2017, Representative Andre Thapedi introduced HB0230 that would have put homeschoolers at a disadvantage when applying to Illinois public universities for admission. We explained to Mr. Thapedi our concerns and he seemed willing to add our amendment. When it finally came to it though, he did not do what was needed and he brought it to a vote on the floor without the amendment. Our work alerting the rest of the legislators resulted in the bill being voted down. Below you can see the information we sent to Illinois homeschoolers asking for their action. 

HB0230 - Public University Uniform Admission Act

posted Feb 27, 2017, 6:32 PM by Adhoc Admin   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 8:07 AM ]

HB0230 passed out of the higher education committee on February 15, 2017. Ad Hoc opposes this bill because, though it does not threaten homeschoolers directly, if it passes, it will make it much more difficult for homeschoolers to be admitted to any of the Illinois public universities.


We urge you to call your representative and convey your opposition to this bill. Or send a letter like the following:

In Illinois a homeschool is a private school. It is rarely accredited because becoming so would include requirements that simply do not make sense for facilities that serve so few students.

HB0230 would give automatic admission to the public universities to the top ten percent of graduates from only accredited high schools. This leaves all the homeschoolers and also students from those other small private high schools that do not pursue accreditation to compete for the smaller fraction of freshman slots that are left.

Homeschool students are often very well prepared for college work, and the results show it. Universities around the country have devised ways to judge their academic potential up until now and have done so successfully.

We understand that HB0230’s goal is to equalize the opportunity for a college education throughout the state, but in neglecting to specify any way for the small nonaccredited private school students (which would include homeschoolers) to benefit from automatic admission, you will be putting them at an extreme disadvantage.

Other states have written similar Uniform Admission Policies, but have included alternative standards for students coming from atypical school settings.

Please do not pass HB0230 as it is written now.

SB550 - Drinking Water Testing

posted Feb 27, 2017, 7:27 AM by Adhoc Admin   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 6:23 PM ]

From June 2011 to the current time, there have been no serious threats to our freedoms. We have continued to monitor proposed legislation for their effects, intended or otherwise, on the homeschool community.

SB550 In November 2016 ICNS discussed a bill in the senate (that has since passed and been signed into law) that would require all schools, including private schools, serving pre-K through fifth grade, to test their drinking water for lead. These results are to be reported to the state, and remediation is required. 

Ad Hoc was able to have a change made to the bill so that only private schools with more than ten students in that age group are affected. In that way, homeschools are eliminated from the requirement, but are not named in the bill.

As of June 2011 - No New Legislation

posted Sep 3, 2011, 8:10 PM by Adhoc Admin

As of June 2011, we have found there to be no Bills being introduced into the current Legislation session that pose a threat to homeschoolers. 

SB136 continues to be tabled. 


posted Sep 3, 2011, 8:00 PM by Adhoc Admin   [ updated Nov 13, 2012, 6:12 AM ]

In early 2011 SB136 was introduced by Senator Edward Maloney which was quickly tabled after a public hearing. Adhoc prepared the following position to share with Senator Maloney and the panel. 

Ad Hoc Position on SB 136-1.doc

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