I don't know where you get the idea that the public school receives funds
for students simply by their residence in the area. I work in Houston,
Texas. Our schools only receive funding based on the actual enrollment at
the school. This is the only basis for our funding. All the children in
Houston could live in the area, but if they are not enrolled and attending
the school, the school receives no funding for them at all.
Believe me, this can create problems. Our enrollment this year is lower
than last, so we have lost funds. This has resulted in the "collapsing" of
a class, meaning that students were reassigned to other classes leading to
the need for waivers for class size and the teacher was moved to another
teaching position. We were luckier than some schools where teaching
positions were eliminated.
From: Lawrence A. Parker [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 7:30 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: Homeschooling
I have no problem with any and all parents paying "activity fees" - as you
say, public school parents have to do it all the time. I was in the band
and we had fund raisers to buy uniforms, music, instruments. My point is,
in response to your "are either to be enrolled even part time so the state
will help fund the school...", is that the home schooled child isn't
enrolled and yet the school district still receives the tax monies for that
child so that in a very real sense their participation is already paid for
(other than "activity fees"). Do you understand? That child's state tax
allotment is being used to educate other children in the public school and
NONE of it is being used to educate him or her unless they are allowed to
participate in public school activities.
Of course public school is not free. Neither is home schooling; in fact it
costs us more since we are unable to get bulk discounts. When I buy a
textbook or other source materials, I have to pay full bookstore retail
price. Remember what your textbooks used to cost you in college? That's
what I pay for our children. As a home schooler, I neither want nor expect
my children's education to be "free". But as a tax-paying citizen, I want
the same educational support received by every other public school child -
our fair share.
You mention the $4000 your district gets for your son's enrollment. Your
district gets the same $4000 for every home schooled child in its district.
Count up your home schoolers and figure out how much money your district is
getting "for free".
- the school gained almost $4000 for his enrollment. He is active in
football, wrestling, and track. To help fund these activities the parents
have fundraisers, selling booster club shirts, etc, cake raffles, selling
quilts, chili feeds, etc. Because of this my feelings on home schooled
students participating in extra curricular activites are either to be
enrolled even part time so the state will help fund the school OR the parent
should pay additional fees. Public school is not free by any means. There's
my .02 :-)