Illinois Homeschool Issues

Karen Campbell invited me to speak at the annual Treasures of a Mother's Heart Retreat last fall.  The retreat and lunch were lovely, as well as the intelligent and kind company.  I had the pleasure of meeting Karen and other delightful, enlightened homeschoolers a couple … Continue reading

Parental Choice and Freedoms Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Chicago Senator Maloney introduced a bill two years ago that would require homeschool registration with the Illinois State Board of Education.  Even after an estimated 4,000 homeschoolers showed up at the Capitol to hear an informational only hearing on this … Continue reading

Illinois Kindergarten Should Be Parental Choice, Not the Chicago Way

Kindergarten, Not Second Grade, Could Be Starting Point For IL Schools | Chicago Tonight | WTTW WTTW‘s Michael Lipkin interviewed the Senate Education Committee‘s Vice Chair, Assistant Majority Leader and Chicago Senator Kimberly Lightford. The time was mostly spent covering the revived SB … Continue reading

Senate Bill Lowering Compulsory Attendance Age in Education Committee

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Lightford's bill proposal [SB 1307] lowers the compulsory school attendance age to 5 years of age from 7.  It has moved to the Education Committee.  State Senator Obama's replacement tried this twice before.  That lack of success hasn't deterred … Continue reading