3.19.2012

Homeschoolers provide net gain to public schools

Funny money/Material Boy
Despite claims that homeschooling hurts public school funding, studies show that homeschoolers benefit school district budgets in a number of ways.
  • Homeschooling decreases school district expenses far more than it decreases revenues.
  • Homeschoolers pay taxes for schools they don't use.
  • Literate, academically skilled people are statistically less likely to commit crimes and wind up costing taxpayers in prisons.
A study sponsored by the Nevada Policy Research Institute found that homeschoolers saved the state of Nevada between $24 million and $34 million per year.

A similar study based on statistics released by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education found that homeschoolers saved North Carolina taxpayers about $546 million in 2006-2007.

References:

Wenders, John T. and Andrea D. Clements. Homeschooling in Nevada: The Budgetary Impact. Analysis, 2005

Hal Young. School Choice is Saving Money in North Carolina. Budget and Tax News, 2009

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