Chicago Public Schools-Homeschool citations

The quotes and links are from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) site. Comments are interspersed throughout.

Homeschooling

Illinois State Board of Education – Data Analysis and Progress Reporting

The link above goes directly to an ISBE created (Illinois State Board of Education) Home School Registration Form.  That form is NOT mandated and as you’ll notice in the link, it’s updated every year and the personal family information is put into the ISBE Data Analysis and Progress Reporting Dept database. Most homeschoolers would strongly discourage sending in that form for your sake and to prevent precedents set for other homeschoolers.

Harvey Bluedorn wrote wise words in Illinois Homeschoolers –­ Eight Reasons Not to Register

The ISBE Home School Registration Form and this requested CPS Statement of Assurance form linked below is invasive and unnecessary. Illinois homeschoolers are not required to notify (unless transferring from a public school to homeschool), let alone sign a Statement of Assurance.  From the CPS website:

Statement of Assurance – Parent – Taught at Home Instruction

Supplying CPS with your child’s birth date and “instructional services” records of hours per week et al, are not necessary nor required per statute. Course materials…ie curriculum …is not their business either, despite demands from this Statement of Assurance form:

That the instructional services will be provided by the following instructor(s). (Continue list on an attached sheet if necessary.)
That the course materials which will be used are: (Continue list on an attached sheet if necessary.)

Statute 105 ILCS 5/26.1 provides exemption from public school attendance and curriculum rules and demands. If this information is provided in an annual Statement of Assurance and Home School Registration Form, they’ll be back the next year and next with lots of questions.  ‘Why did you change curriculums?’  ‘Unschooling?!’

“Branches of education” are noted in the private school compulsory attendance exemption statute.  It does not list the specific subjects of  “language arts; the biological, physical and social sciences; mathematics; fine arts; and physical development and health“.  Listing private schools’ (homeschool) specific subjects seems very presumptive when individual school districts cover (or don’t cover) subjects such as fine arts.

One of Mr. Bluedorn’s points (Illinois Homeschoolers –­ Eight Reasons Not to Register) was this:

5. Because the notorious “statement of assurance” which once circulated in Illinois was a legal contract which placed you under the administrative authority of the public school system. Once you signed, your legal status changed from a free (non-government) school to a government school.

The Chicago Public School system still requests a Statement of Assurance.

[9/09-This information below is not on the updated CPS site (via my search skills).  I’ve updated the CPS links above that still require (without basis) the Statement of Assurance and Home School Registration Form-SR]

From the CPS Elementary Schools & Support website:

Homeschooling – Frequently Asked Questions

What does “commensurate education” mean?
It means “there must be an organized, coherent plan for educating the children in a homeschool
using appropriate materials and teaching methods.” (1991 Illinois Attorney General Op. 92)

Resource List for Private Home Schools

This letter is also included on the CPS website.  Apparently it is part of the homeschool packet (Statement of Assurance, Home School Registration Form, etc) sent out to homeschoolers.  A packet from a school district might seem official and final in their requests.  But yet, a Statement of Assurance and Home School Registration Form are not required to homeschool in Illinois.

October 2007

Dear Parent or Guardian:

This information is made available to provide basic information regarding homeschooling.

Case law and the Illinois School Code permit a parent or legal guardian to educate his or her child at home if instruction is given in the English language (Section 105 ILCS 5/21-1.1).  As the parent or legal guardian, it will be your responsibility to provide your child with an organized educational program using appropriate materials and teaching methods in order to satisfy statutory requirements.

Please be aware that the State of Illinois requests that parents or guardians of homeschooled children complete the Statement of Assurance (attached) from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and provide a letter which describes the manner in which you will be instructing your child at home.  These two documents should be filed annually for each child and either mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of High Schools and High School Programs, Chicago Public Schools, 125 South Clark Street, 12th Floor, Chicago, Illinois  60603.

If your child is entering kindergarten, fifth or ninth grades, you should also mail a copy of your child’s shot record and current physical to CPS.  If your child is entering ninth grade, you should also include verification of your child’s completion of eighth grade requirements, if your child did not graduate from a Chicago public school.

It is important to note the State of Illinois requests parents or guardians of homeschooled children to also complete the Illinois State Board of Education’s Home School Registration form (attached).  The information collected is for informational purposes only and is requested based on the requirement that the State Board make annual reports on education in the state.  Call the Illinois State Board of Education at 1-866-262-6663 to obtain answers if you have questions concerning the report.  The Home School Registration Form should be mailed annually to the Illinois State Board of Education, Data Analysis and Progress Reporting, 100 North First Street, S-284, Springfield, Illinois, 62777-0001.  Please also mail a copy to CPS at the address mentioned above.  Include the date you mailed the form to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Under Article 26 of the Illinois School Code, the Regional Superintendent of Schools is vested with the authority to ensure all children between the ages of seven and seventeen are provided with an appropriate education.  Failure of a child to attend school when s/he is required to do so may result in a referral to the Office of the States Attorney as a violation of Article 26.  If in the judgment of the public school district of residence the home instruction given is not commensurate with the standards prescribed in the public schools, the home instruction will be investigated by the State of Illinois.

In addition to the materials mentioned above, please review the following information the CPS Policy on Home-Schooling and Minimum High School Graduation Requirements at the CPS website at http://cps.k12.il.us.  Attached please find frequently asked questions regarding home-schooling and a resource list for private home schools.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of High Schools and High School Programs at 773-553-3540.

Sincerely,

David G. Gilligan

DCG/lcn

Send questions or comments about content on this site to:
Office of High Schools and High School Programs

CPS Elementary Schools and Support also has FAQs listed, along with the Statement of Assurance form and a 2005  amended and signed off CPS Board Report on Homeschool Policy.

~Susan

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