Huckabee and Education, 2 January 2008, Town Hall, Washington, D.C
“I’m probably one of the few candidates you have ever seen that has the recommendation of (a National Education Association) chapter, but also has the strong national recommendation of homeschoolers,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told me in an interview.
This unusual polarity points simultaneously to Huckabee’s greatest strength and potential weakness as a Republican presidential candidate.
In his interview with me, however, Huckabee did offer an alternative route to school choice for parents who don’t want to send their children to public schools. “I think that we ought to have tax credits for a family whose decision is to put their children in an alternative environment. And that is something that I would support,” he said. “It’s an empowering method to families.”
Are Tax Credits for Educational Expenses a Good Idea for Homeschoolers?, May-June 1998, Home Education Magazine
How Do Tax Credits Work?
Why Do Governments Offer Tax Credits?
Why Are Tax Credits for Educational Expenses Being Promoted?
Why Are Homeschools Being Included in Proposed Tax Credits for Education?
How Would Tax Credits for Homeschooling Expenses Affect Homeschoolers?
What We Can Do
Tax credits for education inevitably increase government control of education. If we agree to tax credits, we are agreeing to let the government determine which expenditures qualify for tax credits and which do not. It would be difficult to prevent our spending decisions from being influenced by the government’s list of eligible expenses. For example, suppose we were buying a set of encyclopedias for our family and the one we really wanted to get was not on the list of eligible expenses because it was too radical or allegedly unreliable or religiously based. How difficult would it be to purchase the set we really felt would be best for our family and give up perhaps $500 in tax credits that we could have gotten if we had selected a set on the eligible list, in other words, a set that the government had approved. In ways such as this, the government would increase its control of our homeschools, of private education, of all of education.
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