Several years ago, some states started to implement a tax-free shopping weekend for school supplies. Everything from paper to clothing, backpacks to computers and crayons to protractors may be tax free, depending on where you live. This can result in a HUGE savings, especially if you are in college, supporting multiple school-aged children or even if you run an office. It can be a great time to stock up on necessities that you will need throughout the entire year, not just the first semester.
I was looking for a homeschooling bumper sticker to add to the enormous collection on the back of my car—maybe something about the world being our classroom, or an Einstein quote, or something—when I ran across one that says, “Homeschool to annoy a liberal.”
Many homeschooling parents go back and forth between public and private education, trying out every option until they find the best possible education for their children. I know homeschoolers that go to school part-time for certain subjects; I even know some who send some kids to school while others remain at home. Every child is different, so it makes sense that every child should have his or her individual learning path.
The families who have gone to public school this fall are reporting some really disturbing stories about how much school costs. Although I remember the majority of last year’s property taxes going to our public school—which we don’t use—families are still being asked to send in money for things every single week! Where is that tax money going to?
I’m not protesting paying teachers, but I sure would like to know why our public school friends have to send in $6 for a class t-shirt, $10 for supplies, and fifty cents every few days for popcorn, popsicles, and other treats. It’s only been in session for two weeks and one family has already spent $50! Many of these families are on limited incomes and cannot afford this constant call for spending—and now they’re being given fundraising programs to hand out and raise money for the school, the first of many for the year. None of these things have to do with learning.