Legislation Updates


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.

Respectfully,
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.


http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=230&GAID=14&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=99197&SessionID=91&GA=100


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. 

SB136

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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