Privatization of Education

HEM political analysts and homeschooling parents Larry and Susan Kaseman write about an important and timely topic in the current January-February issue of Home Education Magazine: Beware of Privatization of Education: It Reduces Our Homeschooling Freedoms:

“Privatization of education means transferring taxpayers’ dollars designated for public education to private institutions, corporations, and/or individuals instead of to public schools. Examples include … 4) money given by school districts to homeschooling parents to cover homeschooling expenses in exchange for the parents’ agreeing to comply with public school standards and state-mandated testing.”

Privatization of education is the topic of a New York Times opinion page for January 5, which includes arguments for and against the idea of state tax credits for homeschoolers: Do Homeschoolers Deserve a Tax Break?

The Kasemans caution:

“Homeschoolers can’t assume that as long as they as individuals refuse to accept government money or favors, they won’t be required to comply with state regulations written for homeschoolers who do accept them. ”

Continue reading Beware of Privatization of Education: It Reduces Our Homeschooling Freedoms by Larry and Susan Kaseman in the current issue. Subscribe to Home Education Magazine and stay informed about current events in homeschooling, and empowered to help protect the rights of homeschooling families!

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3 Responses to Privatization of Education

  1. Angie on January 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I have this article and the one published in the New York Times.I am also in the process of reading Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto. I am very upset and disgusted that our government would use his words against us for there benefit. the words I am refering to are “Privatize this whole business”. This is not helping public education, homeschoolers, or our government.

  2. Wendy on January 7, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I live in WI where Larry Kaseman is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Parents Association. He and the board members have been watchdogs for all homeschool rights since 1984 – they are to be commended for their hard and diligent work! I am privileged to live in a state that has such a powerful grassroots organization. I stand united with WPA on NO TAX CREDITS. We do not want or need any government money or involvement in our homeschooling. Keep up the excellent work, Larry, Susan and all WPA members!

  3. Melissa R on January 16, 2011 at 5:45 am

    No tax credit. Thanks anyway. If you give us a credit, you will expect something in return. More requirements or oversight, for example. Let’s say I get a credit for school supplies, then there would be a list of what is and is not considered a school supply. Sort of like the FSA health-related items list. I don’t want anyone deciding for me what is or is not a school supply.