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10/4/2002 2:27:19 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Public Hearings Ended; Homeschoolers' Concerns Acknowledged

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October 4, 2002


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you for investing your time to attend the six hearings on the
Governor's "Commission to Revise the School Code."

Your message was heard! All information we have received indicates
that the commission is abandoning the requirement to file
immunization records with the local school system, which would have
been de facto registration for homeschooled students. Regarding
lowering the compulsory attendance age, the Deputy Governor of
Education Hazel Loucks indicated that they understood the concerns
and were likely to abandon that effort as well.

At the Galesburg meeting, Dr. Loucks assured the homeschool audience
that "Governor Ryan told me earlier this week that it was not his
intention to cause homeschoolers to register in Illinois; it never
has been, he said, and he does not want to have it done now."

HSLDA Senior Counsel Chris Klicka wrote to the Governor's Commission
explaining homeschoolers objections. He included research HSLDA has
conducted that indicates there is no significant benefit to lowering
the compulsory attendance age.

News reports on the Commission meetings can be found at:
http://www.illinoisleader.com/issues/issueslist.asp?p=183

Thank you for all your efforts for freedom. We will keep you updated
as the commission submits their recommendations to the Governor.

Sincerely,

Christopher Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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