Tryon Daily Bulletin, Tryon, North Carolina, 15 February 2007, Polk set to admit home, private school students
He adds that the new policy will allow children of tax-paying parents to take advantage of educational opportunities funded by those tax dollars. Last year a parent of a homeschooled student requested that Polk County Schools consider a new policy to admit homeschool and private school students. Peter Shanahan said his daughter should be allowed to participate in the high school band program since her parents pay taxes like everyone else.
Of course, a group of taxpayers can decide the ‘rules of admission’ for the schools in their area. It’s just that saying homeschooling parents should be able to take advantage of services because they pay taxes isn’t logical. If that is the case, where is the personal advantage for taxpayers with no children? What is the advantage for retirees, empty-nesters, childless couples, and singles?
My argument isn’t that homeschooled kids can’t or shouldn’t use public school services, only that the reason used, paying taxes, has implications beyond education.
posted by Valerie