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RED ALERT Illinois – This Homeschool Bill Will Impact You!

RED ALERT Illinois – This Homeschool Bill Will Impact You!

The Illinois General Assembly has a bill that is going to impact your homeschool if it is approved. This is HUGE!!! Get involved and GET INVOLVED NOW!  See the synopsis below.

UPDATE:  ICHE is reporting that the sponsor dropped the bill but the status page for the bill is showing that it has been referred to the  Rules Committee. 

Check the status by clicking here.

Synoposis

This Bill Introduced, by Rep. Monica Bristow, Amends the School Code. Provides that, after a home-schooling registration form is submitted, the State Board of Education must request a Child Protective Service Unit of the Department of Children and Family Services to investigate the home in which the home schooling will occur to ensure there is no suspected child abuse or neglect in the home. Provides that after the investigation by the Child Protective Service Unit is complete, the State Board must notify the school district in which the home is located that the child is being home-schooled. Provides that once every 2 school years, the State Board must inspect the academic records of a registered home-school student. Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to require a Child Protective Service Unit to investigate the home of a child upon a request from the State Board. Effective immediately.

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Full Bill

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1    AN ACT concerning education. 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly: 
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
52-3.176 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.176 new)
7    Sec. 2-3.176. Home-schooling registration; requirements.
8    (a) After a home-schooling registration form is submitted,
9the State Board of Education must request a Child Protective
10Service Unit of the Department of Children and Family Services
11under Section 7.2 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting
12Act to investigate the home in which the home schooling will
13occur to ensure there is no suspected child abuse or neglect in
14the home. After the investigation by the Child Protective
15Service Unit is complete, the State Board must notify the
16school district in which the home is located that the child is
17being home-schooled.
18    (b) Once every 2 school years, the State Board must inspect
19the academic records of a registered home-school student. 
20    Section 10. The Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act is
21amended by changing Section 7.2 as follows:
 

 

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1    (325 ILCS 5/7.2)  (from Ch. 23, par. 2057.2)
2    Sec. 7.2. The Department shall establish a Child Protective
3Service Unit within each geographic region as designated by the
4Director of the Department. The Child Protective Service Unit
5shall perform those functions assigned by this Act to it and
6only such others that would further the purposes of this Act.
7It shall have a sufficient staff of qualified personnel to
8fulfill the purpose of this Act and be organized in such a way
9as to maximize the continuity of responsibility, care and
10service of the individual workers toward the individual
11children and families.
12    The Child Protective Service Unit shall designate members
13of each unit to receive specialty training to serve as special
14consultants to unit staff and the public in the areas of child
15sexual abuse, child deaths and injuries, and out-of-home
16investigations.
17    If a child protective investigator of a Child Protective
18Service Unit is unable to obtain assistance from other unit
19members when responding to a high-risk report of child abuse or
20neglect and the child protective investigator has a reasonable
21belief or suspicion that a subject named in the report has the
22potential for violence, the child protective investigator may
23request assistance from local law enforcement officers to be
24provided at a mutually available time. Law enforcement officers
25shall, upon request, make all reasonable efforts to assist the
26child protective investigator in receiving law enforcement
 

 

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1assistance from any other police jurisdiction that is outside
2the accompanying officers' primary jurisdiction.
3    Upon receiving a request under Section 2-3.176 of the
4School Code, a Child Protective Service Unit must investigate
5the home of a child whose parent or guardian has submitted a
6home-schooling registration form with the State Board of
7Education to ensure there is no suspected child abuse or
8neglect in the home.
9(Source: P.A. 100-625, eff. 7-20-18.) 
10    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
11becoming law.

Get Involved

We encourage you to contact your state representatives and be sure they know how you feel about this proposed Illinois Homeschool Legislation. Contact your legislators! Do not wait until it’s too late!

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp…

How to locate/contact your State Legislators 
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/maps/illinois-house/

You can also register at ilga.gov and watch bill number HB3560 . There will be a point in time when it goes to hearing and you can fill out a “witness slip” online. You’ll want to click “opposed.” It is something the public can do…. it does help. Let your family and friends know too!

California recently had a very similar situation and homeschoolers got involved and has squashed the proposed legislation. You can read about it here.

Homeschool Lesson

It is never too early to teach your children how the legislative process works in America. It is never too early for your children to see you active and involved in a cause you believe in. I highly recommend you take this opportunity to dive into a discussion about civics.

Do you remember School House Rocks? I STILL remember this video! It is a great place to start, even for older students.

 

Check out this book on Amazon. It is  that you might want to review.

And if you like to make learning fun and your older children are interested, we actually have this game and love it. It is called Constitution Quest.

You can find lesson plans for Middle and High School Students. Click here.

And finally Brain Pop has some fun interactive games to help teach this subject!!

About the author

Trish

Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

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    • I realize that ICHE is sharing that … but until the status on the bill shows that it is dead and not in the Rules Committee, I’ll leave it active. I’ll update the post when I see this officially.

  • The official term is “tabled” which is the same as withdrawn. The sponsor tabled the bill on Monday per our request as we reported.. The status shows this now. It sometimes takes a day or two for the entire process to run its course. Thanks.

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