Facing mounting opposition, state lawmaker drops DCFS home inspection proposal for homeschoolers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — A state representative from southern Illinois is tabling a proposal to have DCFS check homeschooling homes for signs of abuse after major pushback from homeschooling advocates.

State Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Godfrey) introduced House Bill 3560 last week. The bill would have required a Child Protective Service Unit of DCFS to investigate the homes where homeschooling was to happen to look for signs of abuse or neglect.

Groups such as the Illinois Family Institute and Illinois Christian Home Educators pushed back on the proposal, with the IFI calling it an “onerous attack on our education freedoms.”

Bristow agreed to table the bill on Monday.

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