Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
A bill that would place young people under compulsory education for an
additional year is being heard in committee today in Springfield.
Compulsory age in Illinois ends at age 17 right now. Rep. Jehan
Gordon’s HB 2985 would raise it to age 18.
The committee will probably vote on the bill within a few days. They
need to hear from you that making an additional year of a young
person’s life subject to state mandate is not acceptable.
1. Please call your representative if he or she is a committee member
(see list below). Use our Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find out who your representative is.
Even representatives whom you think already oppose the bill need to
hear from you.
2. If your representative is not on the committee, call the
chairperson, the vice chairperson and the minority spokesman (see
3. Your message can be as simple as:
“Please vote NO on HB 2985. Parents, not state officials, know whether
their 17-year-old young adult should pursue formal education or some
other preparation for life responsibilities. The additional cost of
forcing unwilling young adults into a formal school setting should not
be added to the current taxpayer burden.”
This bill would undermine the freedom of all parents. It is not
necessary for you to identify yourself as a homeschooler.
More details and contact information on HSLDA’s website.