Report: Homeschooling growing seven times faster than public school enrollment
As dissatisfaction with the
public school system grows,
apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in
fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their
parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools. U.S.
A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.
Blogger Comment: Homeschooling will increase even more as more states give tax credits for every child NOT educated at a public school. That is an immediate cost benefit to local communities. For instance, if Governor Walker signs the proposal for $4000/child tax credit for every child not educated at a public school, that is an immediate savings to the local district of over $10000. Down the road this decreases the need for construction of new public schools, fewer public (union) teachers, lower real estate taxes locally and public pension liabilities will eventually flatten out as states hire fewer public (union) teachers. An added benefit with reduced real estate taxes is more incentive for businesses to actually do business in Wisconsin, because they have more working capital to work with.
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