What Happens When We Ask for More

Tax breaks and inclusion in public school activities are two very heated topics in the homeschooling community. “It’s not fair that we don’t use the public schools, so we should get a tax break,” it is argued. “We pay taxes, so our kids should be included in the public school activities such as sports and chess club,” they say.

In CA, we get neither. There might be a few districts here and there that offer public school services to private school kids. But overall, if you don’t go to a school, you don’t get services. And tax breaks? Ha! The schools need as much money as they can possibly get.

There are many reasons why it’s not a good idea to ask for services from the local school, or for tax breaks, especially by trying to get a law passed. An example of what happens when we ask for more freebies from the school system, is a proposed law in NJ.

Now, being that I’m not in NJ, I have no direct knowledge of how this came about other than here-say. The birdies are saying that this bill is directly correlated to public school services.

Are you in NJ? What’s your take on it. Got any links to commentary and discussion about this?


2 Responses to “What Happens When We Ask for More”

  1. Dana Says:

    I’ve heard that, too, but I’m trying to figure out more of a connection than the people who have mentioned it. We had the same kind of law here, and homeschoolers’ stance here has always been to stay under the radar as much as possible, not ask for anything and just sort of let everyone forget we exist. And that is what is being blamed for the recent proposals.

    I’d like more information, but at the moment, I think it is just the way things are. Accountability is getting to be quite a strong issue in education, and we stick out like a sore thumb when they start debating how to make sure no child is left behind. 🙂

  2. Laura :) Says:

    Whoa…..that is no small change!!

    We have been in and out (out forever now, tyvm!!) of home charter schools and saw the rules tighten up in the few years we were there. I just couldn’t stand it any longer and we are our own bosses now. 🙂

    I have come to the conclusion that there is no safe way to be close to the public schools and maintain any autonomy. It can be justified away but the plain fact is that once you give them your information they have a vested interest in your child’s life and you may think you are in control, but you are not. Your only control is in the decision to leave.

    In my own fantasies of how it _could_ be, schools would exist as learning centers where you would access just what you need, stay as long as you need, and there are no assessements on what you learned or didn’t because _you_ are in charge of when you have had enough. I liken it to a library, you are in control and they are there to facilitate your needs. There would be no attendence requirements or minimums to fulfill…..just come in and get what you need.

    ……..sorry, got a little caught up in my little fantasy there……

    Until that day (which we all realize will never come) I advocate staying away from public schools. And, I say that with more and more conviction as the years go by and as I hear more about LAUSD from my sister who works there. The admin are decidely _not_ there for the childrens education as much as they are there for the money and I can’t think it’s any different in other school districts.

    I’ll stop here cuz I could go on!! 🙂

    Thanks, Tammy, for bringing the NJ info to our attention! I think it’s only a matter of time before we see this in CA, too.

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