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October 17, 2014

“You Need to Invite Me into Your Home”

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

When a southwest Illinois family decided to homeschool their children, they voluntarily registered them with the state board of education. Turns out this may have been a mistake.

Nothing else can explain why they soon received an email from an official employed by Regional Office of Education No. 45 which included this statement:

“One of my jobs is to … check to see that students are being properly served with a home school curriculum. To do this, you need to invite me to your home at your convenience so that I can check the work you are doing.”

No Thanks

The family naturally had no interest in inviting him into their home to sit in judgment on their homeschool program. However, when the family courteously declined the demand, he hinted that he would start a court case against them. He said that five of the 11 families on his list had already agreed to let him in.

Not to be cowed, the family told him that they were members of HSLDA. His tone abruptly changed. He said that all he really needed was a letter from HSLDA.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff wrote a letter to the official confirming that the family is in compliance with Illinois law. We expect this will be the end of his efforts to pass judgment on whether this family’s curriculum is “proper.”

But we are concerned for the five families who have agreed to let him in. And we are concerned that when a family agrees to let him in, it may embolden him to pressure other families all the more. If all homeschool families would only respond with polite firmness, the intimidation would soon stop.

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