15 February 2011

Illinois Homeschoolers Turn Out to Resist Proposed Legislation Requiring State Registration

Peggy over at Southern Illinois Catholic had the story first, with a link to another Illinois blog with additional information and lots of great photos. The key to interpreting these photos is that the vast homeschooling crowd is actually comprised of only two families.

Just a little inside homeschooling joke.

Here is
the Post-Dispatch story:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The halls of the State Capitol are crammed this morning with what appear to be hundreds of homeschooling parents, kids and supporters, here for a hearing on a regulatory bill from which the sponsor already is reportedly is backing off.

The bill would make home-school kids register with the state Board of Education. Currently there are no regulations. The sponsor, Sen. Ed Maloney, D-Chicago, originally presented the bill as merely a way for the state to know how many kids there are who are homeschooled, as they are currently completely off the radar.

``It's as simple as that,'' he told the conservative website Illinois Review last week.

Not so simple, as it turns out. Religious, libertarian, conservative and other websites have erupted with the issue in the past week, culminating in the crowd outside the hearing room right now.

There are reports that Maloney has pulled the legislation (SB 136), though it's still currently in the system.

Now, if you think that taking action is useless at a state or local level, check out this money line from the article:


In any case, the expectation around here is that lawmakers will quickly drop this thing once they get a look at all these angry moms, and get back to not balancing the budget.



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. A very impressive turnout. Gives one hope for Illinois. I did see that the bill may be dropped stat. Congrats to IL homeschoolers!

Anonymous said...

Dear Timman,

We just returned from a field trip to Springfield and have to say the turnout was very impressive. Three local families went (which means that was about 100 people). We were told that the senators had expected about 200 people to show up to voice concerns and were surprised when several thousand people were walking the halls. We only wished that we had a tape recorder because the very orderly group sang several songs and ended with the Star-Bangled Banner--which was absolutely beautiful!!! The committee did not vote so it is not over yet.

rureadymatt24_39 said...

Maloney makes arguments that are hypocritical. He says he wants to use this bill so homeschool children don't fall through the cracks? Really? Isn't that what happens in the public schools when you have thirty children taught by one teacher? Maloney says he wants to make sure that homschoolers are really teaching. Really? What about all the teachers that aren't teaching? Isn't that also happening in the public schools? Maloney says he is concerned about homeschoolers? Really? Is that why they are recruited for colleges with high test scores? Don't be fooled by Maloney's double talk. He is interested in control not education. But, the real question is why? That is what the general concern should be. Where he starts here with his socialistic thinking, he will expand to other areas. He is one senator to keep an eye on.

Meanwhile,he needs to leave homeschoolers alone, and he needs to worry about the poor state of the public schools. He needs to stop the political garbled talk of unfounded accusations and erroneous circumstances. He needs to be voted out on the next election before he makes any more bad bills which go against our state constitution.