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Update : SB 0136 Illinois Committee Hearing

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Is This A Homeschooling Lair of Learning? Truant Officer to Investigate?

 

Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Youtube is a wonderous thing.

On the ground reporting provides information very quickly, accurately and cleanly. In the case of Illinois SB 136, interesting terms from State Officials can be viewed. Here is one example.

Please pay careful attention at 3:30 forward where Senator Luechtefeld questions Bill Reynolds (Truant Officer) on why SB 136 is needed.

The general gist of the conversation for readers without access to video is the following:

Senator: So will you be going into the home of people even if they are doing a good job?

Truant Officer: Yes. They might need help. More

Homeschooling NIBS in ILLINOIS

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Okay – Maybe the Nibbly Imperceptible Bills (NIBs) is a great idea. Here is our first suggested entry:

SB 0136

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the School Code. Requires the parents or legal guardians of children attending non-public schools, a defined term, or private or parochial schools to annually register their children with the State Board of Education, in conformance with procedures prescribed by the State Board of Education.

At first parents of Illinois School Children were a bit concerned, but Senator Maloney has cleared up his proposed registration requirements – he only wants the Homeschoolers:

In an interview with “Illinois Review,” Maloney stated that SB 136 is aimed specifically at homeschoolers as a means of keeping tabs on them.

“What we want to know is where the homeschoolers are. It’s as simple as that,” Maloney told the online publication.

In fact, this legislation was designed originally to force all non-government schooled children to annually register, but that is apparently wasn’t the in the program notes for bill author Senator Maloney:

In the “Illinois Review” interview, Maloney stated that he plans to change the language of the bill to specifically target homeschoolers.

According to the Legislative Schedule, this proposed Bill is scheduled to be heard before the Education Committee Feb 15, 2011 10:45AM Room 212. More

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