Proceed With Caution: Specific Attention to “Home Schools”

Here’s a new one:

Lake Forest, District 67

The Board of Education will meet to discuss District 67 and Lake Forest High School District 115’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. Monday in the Baggett Room at the administration center, 67 W. Deerpath. Call Julie Cooley at 847-582-7321.

There are 2 other school districts elsewhere in Illinois offering a specific meeting for private schools, which includes homeschools.  One of the announcements also mentioned that registration is recommended.  Recommended by the public school authorities, but not by the homeschooling community and certainly not in the law.  No surprise there in their wishes to plug homeschoolers into the Data Analysis and Progress Reporting Dept. of ISBE. 

The Illinois statute provides that private schools may use the public school services

(105 ILCS 5/14‑6.01) (from Ch. 122, par. 14‑6.01)

    Sec. 14‑6.01. ........ Such school boards shall accept in part‑time attendance children with disabilities of the types described in Sections 14‑1.02 through 14‑1.07 who are enrolled in nonpublic schools. A request for part‑time attendance must be submitted by a parent or guardian of the disabled child and may be made only to those public schools located in the district where the child attending the nonpublic school resides; however, nothing in this Section shall be construed as prohibiting an agreement between the district where the child resides and another public school district to provide special educational services if such an arrangement is deemed more convenient and economical. Special educational services shall be provided to such students as soon as possible after the identification, evaluation and placement procedures provided in Section 14‑8.02, but no later than the beginning of the next school semester following the completion of such procedures.

Seems like a lot of homeschoolers go with private services in Illinois after a time.  The scheduling was easier, insurance often covers it, and it’s less of a hassle.  Definitely avoids anything that is cooked up in the public school busi-ness.  But to each, their own in what works best for the family.

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