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I think homeschooled parents should get

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The amount of money that their district spends per student in their district in the form of an annual check. I know our school district spends around 20k per student. That could buy a lot of educational books and educational trips. Imagine you are learning about govt and you take a trip to Washington DC or Jamestown, battlefields, presidential homes. The list is endless. You could learn art history and actually see the paintings. Of course you would have to submit all receipts so shady parents couldn't use it to buy smokes and pay bills with school money. Just my opinion but I think it's a great idea!
Posted by Anonymous on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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thatkidsmomkms
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Shoot, our district spends about $6000 per year per student. We spend more than that on curriculum, field trips, etc. The district can keep their money, we're managing just fine without it.

KKmommy3
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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Wouldn't that be just like the voucher program that has been talked about over and over?  I think it would be fair to say if Homeschoolers got that money, then parents who choose Private school should get that money too.

the4mutts
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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In our area, they pay between 300$ & 700$ a month to parents who homeschool. I do not think it should be law or mandatory for them to do so though. Homeschooling is a choice, and if you cant afford to do it, you need to re-think your decision.
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The_Doodle
by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I'm sure many homeschooling parents would not agree with it mainly because if the government is going to give you a chunk of money per semester of homeschooling, you can bet that they will also have many rules and regulations for curriculum that isn't in place now to make sure that money is allocated into education and ONLY education. Plus many, many people would start pulling their children out of public schools...people who shouldn't be teaching anyone. Then those kids suffer due to possibly failing grades for any standardized tests that may be required to make sure that money is being put to use. I can agree with a previous poster that the best bet would be able to claim homeschooling expenses on your taxes like you can do now with college expenses.

MommaTasha1003
by Silver Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Besides TX, dont other states have rules/restrictions or something? I think in some way many parents have to keep certain records for the state & proof their child is learning?

Im from Tx & decided not to HS so maybe Im wrong.

Quoting alexsmomaubrys2:

No. As a former homeschooling parent I think that is a terrible idea. Homeschoolers have been fighting against it since it was mentioned. Once the government starts to give homeschoolers money, they will attach all sorts of new rules and laws to go with it. No thank you!!


Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM
They would assess the same way they assess the other students. This comes from a board meeting I attended last week where they talked about the cost per student. I'm PTA president and often sit in on school board and budget meetings.


Quoting matofour:

Why shouldn't it be equal?



Fact is schools spend more money on certain kids.



So how would they asses what would be paid out for homeschooling?



And I don't consider taking trips to see paintings something that HAS to be done.



We travel a lot, I know the benefits of travel. I would never pretend the government should pay for our vacations because we do educational things on our trips.






Quoting Anonymous:

Why shouldn't it be equal per child?


Anonymous
by Anonymous 7 on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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you do know that the schools get funds PER student, so if your kid isnt there they arent getting that money and that money that would go to them for your child instead goes to other things ran on taxes, which in essence is where your taxes go.

Quoting Anonymous:

You think a box of supplies and a laptop equal what the school district pays for students? I have homeschooled my youngest and I know what it's about.




Quoting SunshineBird:

My sister home schools and they provide a TON of supplies to assist including a laptop per child (needs to be returned at the end of the school year). I think it evens out.


Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM
I agree with that. Absolutely!


Quoting KKmommy3:

Wouldn't that be just like the voucher program that has been talked about over and over?  I think it would be fair to say if Homeschoolers got that money, then parents who choose Private school should get that money too.


sarah824
by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Nope. Homeschooling is a choice. If you can't afford to do it the way you want to then you should make a different choice. Either change the way you want to homeschool or send your child to a school.

Lizardannie1966
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

That money isn't just for YOUR child, however. It's for a multiple amount of children.

Why should tax payers fund ONE parent's decision to home-school ONE child?

Your desire to take trips, etc. should not be funded by tax payers and generally, that tax payers money does not cover those trips at the ps level. Fund raisers and the parents themselves fund those trips.

Quoting Anonymous:

But you deserve that money to make the CHOICE to send your kid to public school?


Quoting Lizardannie1966:

Again, because you're making a choice that SHOULD be well-thought out, including money to educate the child if need be.

There are many free and low-cost curriculum's that you can find online.

There are other options like Connections Academy (which we use), K12, etc....all of them free.

You don't deserve 20K for making a choice.

Quoting Anonymous:

20k is a lot of money! Why shouldn't I be able to think I could get my child a better education with that money?




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