Information on parent-taught home instruction is available from the Regional Office of Education. This information outlines the rights and responsibilities of a parent under Illinois Law. Illinois court has decided that a parent may teach his/her own children in their home provided that the child’s education program satisfies the requirements in the Illinois School Code.
*The Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/26-1 et seq.) states that children between the ages of 7 and 17 must attend public school; however, an exception is made for “…..any child attending a private or parochial school where children are taught the branches of education taught to children of corresponding age and grade in the public schools, and where the instruction of the child in the branches of education is in the English language.” Based on this law, the Illinois Supreme Court held in 1950 that the phrase “private school” included home-schooling if the teacher (either the parent her or himself or a private tutor) were competent, the required subjects were taught, and the student received an education at least equivalent to public schooling. (People v. Levisen, 404 Ill. 574 (1950)).