Alamogordo Daily News, Alamogordo, New Mexico, 15 April 2007, Homeschoolers have access under new bill
Many homeschoolers in Otero County have not yet been made aware of the passing of Senate Bill 1098, The Home School Student Activities Program Unit, in March. This bill gives a school district funding for homeschoolers who participate in public school activities.
The school district shall verify each home school student’s academic eligibility to participate in school district athletic activities. This is a great advancement for homes schoolers since like everyone else, homeschooling families do pay for the funding of the public schools.
Homeschooling families pay for funding public schools just like retirees, empty-nesters, couples without children, and single adults. Homeschoolers receive the same benefit from their tax dollars as the other non-users of the school system: a schooled citizenry. The benefit is one of common good, not of personal payback from the system.
If access-for-all is what the people of a state want, that’s their business, but don’t make it sound as if parents who’ve chosen to remove their children from school are an especially oppressed class.
posted by Valerie