Virtual schools and homeschooling in Illinois have long been separated as a precaution against the public confusing the two. It isn’t easy to keep them delineated like that. People want to blur the edges and that seems to be what’s going on in a new bill in the Illinois House now. Details here. Although I think the wording might be specifically relating to the virtual schooling, that they don’t want parents teaching the topics or doing the work for the kids so they phrase it a certain way. Still, it is easy to see how that could be construed towards homeschoolers in the future if it sets a precedent. Thanks Colette for the heads-up on this one!

One Response to “Remote education blurring the lines in Illinois?”

  1. on 12 Mar 2009 at 9:04 am Susan Ryan

    That language and bill is specifically about public virtual schools. I understand that one of the sponsors will make it clear on the House floor during debate, that it’s not related to homeschooling.
    It is still disturbing language for any parent (in this particular case, a virtual public school parent or guardian) to have a potential law that specifies “clock hours” (for funding)within a family home that relates to when parents or guardians “may engage only in non-teaching duties not requiring instructional judgment or the evaluation of students”.

    There is another bill HB 3743 (Virtual Schools Act) that is related to the previous bill mentioned and there is a troubling “home-school” portion in the bill.
    The bill is on hold until the sponsor hopefully takes out the “home-schooled” portion mentioned in a couple of sections. See HEM blog post for more details.

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