Home Schooler Paying Taxes

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  1. JonC

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    Just because one doesn’t use public schools doesn’t mean they should not pay taxes related to maintaining the public education system. If so, I should object to my tax dollars repairing city/county roads I don’t use. I will say, however, that it was a great visual statement paying in dollar bills.
     
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    The man was paying school taxes (per paragraphs 3 through 5), sir.
     
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    Yes, he was. He was paying school taxes but stated in paragraph 3 that he was upset that he had to pay school taxes for a district his children didn’t attend (all three of his children were home schooled).

    My son attends public school so I can’t use his logic to object to paying school taxes – but if his logic is correct then I shouldn’t have to pay for public services that I don’t use.
     
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    But I love the paying in $1's idea.
     
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    Jon said: My son attends public school so I can’t use his logic to object to paying school taxes

    Sure you can - when your kids graduate - and you no longer have kids in school - why should you pay fro the next 30-60 years....
     
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    I wish. If I didn't have to pay taxes for half of what I don't use my wallet would be happy. :tear:
     
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    Yep. That free compulsory education isn't as free as it seems.

    Wonder why the government hasn't jumped on the chance to say "sure, we'll take away the tax for home schooling families, we just have to regular the home school families to make sure they qualify for the exclusion."

    Weird. Maybe it's on the way. Seems unlike our government not to be all over that one.
     
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    Gina, in many states, we ARE already regulated. I just had to fill out my paperwork for my district after notifying them for the 17th time that I'm homeschooling my children.
     
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    They did that in one state I lived it - I had to have the kids tested at certain grade levels, keep a notebook of sample stuff, notify every year, etc..

    Some states don't have all that. Yet!

    My oldest first went to public school when she reached high school. She never had to pass a test to prove anything, she just had to attend. I thought that was pretty stinky. Why did that state imply home school parents would face legal action and educational neglect charges if their kids failed at home school, but not if they failed in public school?

    Totally off topic, sorry, but that bugged me. Thankfully she was always a top student so it wasn't a problem, but it still is a ridiculous rule that bothered me for others.
     
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    In New York, every student has to take state Regents exams in different subjects and need to have certain scores in order to graduate. Regents are a big thing around here! Regents are for 8th or 9th grade students to start and are taken each year though graduation. The exams are in science, English, social studies, math, and foreign language.
     
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    annsni, do they require that of home schooled students too?
     
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    No - but then again, homeschool students in NY don't get diplomas unless you go through a school that provides one (like NARS that many of my friends use).
     
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    That's a very good point, ma'am.
     
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    Just to clarify - only Public schools are required to administer the Regents. Private schools have the option.

    When I was in high school (back last century) you were not reqired to obatain a Regents diploma. If you did not pass all Regents, then you were awarded a general HS diploma.

    The Class of 2012 was the first not to be eligible for a general local HS diploma - unless you had certian disibilities.

    Also a passing Regents grade is 65. There have been times when too many students (statewide) have failed to achieve a 65 - that passing was lowered to as little as 55.

    For more info
     
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    Our public school system offers a home school option. They send you the books (and necessary materials such as microscopes, etc) – no cost, at the end of the year you send it back. They provide a minimum curricula, and an online site for general testing. You home school but go to a central location for "other" testing - I don't know the details. I don’t use it, but I have friends who do. When their kids graduate they receive a regular HS diploma (which is a benefit over regular home schools depending on the child’s goals). I don’t know if it is good or bad – just know it exists.
     
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    Jon - I'm not necessarily against that; the reason for it is because the school can still count those children as part of their attendance, thereby receiving additional federal funds based on student population numbers.
     
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    I have a friend who uses this, and he loves the program. He likes that it is within the county school system, his children will receive a regular diploma from the local school (nothing against other homeschool programs, but they can be a barrier for some career paths).
     

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