My hubby showed me a little article on his phone from our local tv station that there is a law trying to be passed in Illinois to get children to start school at 5 rather than 7 like it is now. I am wondering if this goes through what happens to us homeschooling parents. How do we go against this? Can they force us to send our kids to school? I am a bit concerned. I want to have the right to do with my son as I see fit, not being told I have to do something I'd rather not!
The only thing it would change is that you'd have to do paperwork with the district at 5 instead of 7 to inform them that you will be homeschooling. Really not the end of the world. I live in Illinois too and I have 0 concerns about this new law. My plan was to officially start school this fall since DD is 5 now. A cute little homeschooling supply shop opened across the street from our library so we are super excited!
Most children already start school (whether in public, private, or homeschool) at 5; there is a mandatory age in all states and all that means is that your child has to start some type of "school" BY that age - it does not mean that you have to send your child off to public school.