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January 7, 2013

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Illinois. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

HSLDA Rebuffs Demand for Meeting and Records

The Bureau-Henry-Stark regional superintendent of schools sent a letter to A.Z. asking her to meet with him and bring “teacher grade books, lesson plans, student attendance records, examples of student work and assessments” so he could decide whether the family’s homeschool program was lawful.

A.Z., a member of HSLDA, asked us to help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff sent a letter to the superintendent.

First he rebutted the superintendent’s claim that it was his job to “monitor” compliance with compulsory attendance laws. Then Woodruff explained that since there was no evidence (i.e., no “probable cause”) indicating the A.Z. family was breaking any law, it would be totally inappropriate to make them prove their innocence.

Finally, Woodruff reminded the superintendent that according to the landmark study by Dr. Lawrence Rudner of the University of Maryland, the average homeschooled 8th grader scores the same on standardized tests as public school 12th graders.

The family heard nothing further from the superintendent.