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HSing non-citizen, non-English speaking students (Illinois)

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:33 pm
by raceNzanesmom
Hi all~ I'm new here, found you in a search. I need some help. Our church has a rather large group of African immigrants. Currently, their children are going to public school. It is a waste of time! The elementary school has about 60 Swahili speaking students with ONE interpreter. The kids are not learning, and have even missed lunch because no one came to get them and they didn't understand the announcement. Some of these parents would like to homeschool. They, however, have no idea what Illinois laws are re: this or how to find curriculum in their language. I homeschool in Iowa (we're on the border) and know that IL has decent laws. Do those same laws apply to these African immigrants? Is there a way to find curriculum in their language? Can one bi-lingual person teach the group with the parents' assistance? Any info would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks so much for your help!

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:43 pm
by Theodore
The same laws should apply for them as anyone else. In the case of Illinois, that means they're pretty much free to school however they want. The only requirements are that "language arts, biological and physical science, math, social sciences, fine arts, health and physical development" be covered in the subject material.

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:21 pm
by raceNzanesmom
Thanks!!

Any ideas if and where they might find curriculum???? There's only one bi-lingual adult right now and he works FT. It would be a lot better if the moms/at home parent could do some teaching.

Re: HSing non-citizen, non-English speaking students (Illino

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:46 am
by elliemaejune
raceNzanesmom wrote:Can one bi-lingual person teach the group with the parents' assistance? Any info would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks so much for your help!


I would call that a private school, rather than homeschooling, which is also a good option for these parents.

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:07 am
by Theodore
Doesn't really matter. There are no restrictions in Illinois as to who can be the teacher, therefore it doesn't have to be a relative.

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:14 am
by raceNzanesmom
Thanks! I'll pass trhe info along.