I really haven’t kept track of reports about non-students being a problem at school events. At my proms, both of my dates ‘had graduated’ (putting it mildly since one was a soldier and the other a Marine). Two of my own homeschooled kids were guests of an enrolled friend at the local school’s winter dance.
Statistically, in a country the size of the United States, there are bound to have been some problems with outsiders coming in to a school function, but is it a greater problem than, say, internal difficulties between resident students?
Chris has a link to a report about a homeschooled teen being told that he, in particular, was not allowed to attend a school dance. I agree with Chris’s take on submitting to a background check, but I don’t know that I’d have a problem with a blanket rule, especially if enrolled students can’t get tickets to dances at their own school. I also don’t have a problem with only allowing enrolled students to buy the tickets.
Still, not allowing a homeschooled teen to be a guest at a school function because he’s homeschooled has as much logic behind it as when my kids and I weren’t allowed to volunteer as reading tutors in a friend’s third grade classroom ‘because’ I homeschooled them. The rationale was that we’d given up our overseas benefit of American schooling by homeschooling. It took about six months for the point to sink in that we were asking to help, not asking for help, and then we happily volunteered for a couple of years.
The ‘paying taxes’ reason given in the article is, in the word of commenter on the entire situation, bogus. There are many of us who have no means to take advantage of school services but yet who pay taxes to support the schools. If ability-to-benefit is the criterion for paying, then no childless adult, childless couple, empty-nester or senior citizen should have to pay taxes that support schools. If ability-to-benefit applies, then school taxes should be user-fees, not common good levies.
In this case, schooling persuasion has nothing to do with guest status. If guests are allowed, then homeschooled guests should be allowed. But, if there isn’t room, then there isn’t room — for any guest.