This study examined the educational laws, policies, and practices of Illinois and Iowa concerning home-schooling and suggests policy recommendations for Illinois lawmakers to end the Illinois practice of non-purposeful home-schooling. A review of home-schooling and compulsory attendance in America was conducted to provide the context for this study. A short survey of Illinois public school principals confirmed the author's hypothesis that Illinois law allows a significant number of students to withdraw from public school under a pretense of home-schooling. A short survey of Iowa principals demonstrated a significantly lower percentage of students withdrawing from public school under a pretense of home-schooling. An analysis of Illinois law, administrative rules, and court cases revealed a systemic problem in enforcing state and federal compulsory attendance laws for all school-aged children.
An analysis of Iowa law, administrative rules, and court cases revealed a multi-pronged approach targeted at reducing this non-purposeful home-schooling population while still allowing home-schooling as an educational option in the state. While Iowa's approach has not completely eliminated abuses of the compulsory attendance law, the state has taken steps to reduce this abuse.
Based on the differences in the legislative approaches undertaken in Illinois and Iowa and the results of these approaches, the author prepares policy recommendations for Illinois lawmakers.
|Advisor:||Lugg, Elizabeth T.|
|School:||Illinois State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education Policy, School Administration|
|Keywords:||Compulsory attendance, History of home schooling, Home school, Home schooling, Illinois, Illinois principals, Iowa, Iowa principals, Legal analysis|
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