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Illinois Compulsory Education Laws

A minimum amount of formal education is mandatory in all states, whether it is public, private, religious, or homeschooling. State compulsory education laws define which types of schooling are acceptable and the ages between which school attendance is required. Illinois compulsory education laws mandate that children between the ages of seven and 16 must attend school, with a few exceptions.

Learn more about Illinois compulsory education laws in the following table. See FindLaw's Compulsory Education section for additional articles.

Code Section 105 ILCS 5/26-1, et seq.
Age at Which School Attendance is Required Between 7 and 16
Exceptions to Attendance Requirements Child attending private or parochial school; child is physically/mentally unable to attend school; child is excused by county superintendent; child 12 to 14 attending confirmation classes; pregnant female with complications to pregnancy; child is necessarily and lawfully employed; excused for temporary cause by principal or teacher
Home School Provisions People v. Levisen, 90 N.E.2d 213 (1950). Home instruction may constitute a private school.
Penalties on Parents for Noncompliance Conviction is Class C misdemeanor subject to up to 30 days imprisonment and/or fine up to $500

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Illinois education attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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