Illinois Homeschoolers –­ Eight Reasons Not to Register

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Illinois Homeschoolers –­ Eight Reasons Not to Register

By Harvey Bluedorn, New Boston, Illinois

1. Because there is no requirement to register in Illinois. Period. Administrators attempt to impose their will upon individuals through intimidation, harassment and coercion. They invent requirements which have no foundation in law. When our freedoms are infringed upon by government bureaucrats, they become emboldened to take the matter another step.

2. Because voluntary registration sets an administrative precedent. Judges are inclined to enforce administrative rules (however improper) when administrators can demonstrate large-scale (not majority) compliance. Administrators use such compliance as their main argument for the legislature to make their invention law. Legislators will give administrators what they want if the administrators can demonstrate large scale compliance already. If there was large scale resistance, it would take stronger arguments to get them to impose universal compliance by statute. It is far easier to refuse them in the initial stage than it is to fight them in the final stage.

3. Because what you do affects everyone else. You may not be convinced that registration is inadvisable or wrong. But many other homeschoolers are so convinced. Your registration is a large share of the argument used by bureaucrats with legislators to pass a universal compulsory registration law.

4. Because registration may be used for dual enrollment without your knowledge. We know this happens in other states. The school district receives appropriations of thousands of dollars for your child while all educational efforts and expenses are your own, along with the burden of administrative compliance.

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.

6. Because under God the civil government is instituted for purposes of protection, while the family is instituted for purposes of nurturing. These are two distinct jurisdictions of authority. The civil government has no authority under God for education, and is thereby usurping authority of the family in this regard.

7. Because it is easier to defend ground you hold, than to fight to regain ground you’ve lost. Illinois is the free-most state in the nation–perhaps in the world–with regard to private education. We must maintain this ground. We must remain free of government tentacles of regulation. Registration is the first step of regulation.

8. Because you must take a stand somewhere. Where are you going to draw the line? Registration? Approval (licensing)? Certification? Accounting (tests, portfolios, interviews, monitors)? Full regulation (bureaucratic control, fines, imprisonments, removal of children for non-compliance)? Registration is the act which opens the door to everything else. Have you ever seen a bureaucracy shrink or a governmental budget decrease? If you don’t keep the first domino from falling, you can’t keep the others from falling, and once they have fallen, you can’t put humpty dumpty together again. The place to draw the line is at the first domino. Resist all attempts at registration.

Because you are fighting for your own rights, freedoms and liberties.

Because you are fighting for your children’s lives

Because you are fighting for the cause of God.

(Permission given to copy.)


  1. ynthia Allen Schenl

    Forgive me for the mistake.

    Joe Williams is the assistant superintendent of schools and he also holds the post of truency officer.It seems like a conflict of interest to me and to many others we have spoke to.

    But he is up for election to the post of superintendent in november. no one running aganist him so i guess he has a good chance and will unfortunatly be the superintendent of schools soon enough.

    Numerous examples of harassment by him and his assistant.

    I am preparing a formal complaint to Lisa Madigans office and we will hopefully findout if entering someones attached garage with the intent to frighten children and adults is considered a violation of our civil rights.

    Another example of wasting tax payers money and not adding any value to the citizens of Illinois.

  2. Home School Mom

    Williams works as the Truancy Officer AND Assistant Superintendant?
    This guy seems to exercise the strong arm of the law tactics. There is no room for harassment, fear or intimidation in Illinois School districts.
    I assume this link here is the person you refer to? An Ex-Marine turned school district offical who threatens publicly to “take anyone to court”
    I find people like this Joe Williams to be the very type of politics that Illinois does not need

  3. yasmeenkhan

    I am a homeschooler that attempted to register through my local school and was turned away being told that it was not necessary. After reading these articles I am happy that I did not register. I moved here from a state where it is very controlled and strict as to what you teach in your home. All work and tests mus be kept in order to mail them in or drop them off every month and you must hold a high school diploma or ged to teach. Also you must go to the school every alternate week to test on the subjects that they currently teach to their students in the same level. This part I did not mind because it gave a little validation to homeschooling to make sure I am doing my job right. However if I decide to take a week off for vacation I dont want someone breathing down my neck for not attending classes because there are 365 days in a year and I dont think it is fair to say that students should only learn in 180 days I teach my children year round and take short breaks (3 to 5 days maximum) for holidays where we do not teach formal school but we still encompass learning experiences in our daily activities.



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