December 2, 2013

Effingham Exempts Homeschoolers
from Unreasonable Truancy Ordinance

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

With virtually no public input, the Effingham County Board in August enacted an ordinance forbidding students from being absent from their school without the permission of their school or parent.

This meant the police could treat every child moving about in public during school hours as a suspected lawbreaker. Homeschool students who could not prove they had their parents’ permission to be outside could have been placed in police custody.

Team Effort

HSLDA, Illinois Christian Home Educators, and a coalition of local homeschool leaders immediately partnered to launch a campaign to correct the problem. The coalition developed good working relationships with county representatives. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff drafted an amendment stipulating that the ordinance only applies to those private schools (including homeschools) who specifically ask that it apply to their students.

At its November 18 meeting, the board amended the ordinance so it only applies to private schools (and homeschools) who give notice that they want it to apply to their students. It goes without saying that homeschool families should not ask for the ordinance to apply to them!

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