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Sen. Osmond introduces 3 bills to end compulsory education

Published: Monday, Dec. 2 2013 6:30 p.m. MST

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Pasedena, CA

To "Bebyebe" but homeschoolers pay twice. They pay once with their taxes for public education, then they pay again when they buy the supplies for home school. I don't want a handout, just a reimbursement for some of the money that it takes to home school.

To "Semi-Strong" you should see the home schooling networks here in Utah. There are many groups that offer "elective" classes where the kids can socialize. There are also groups that get together weekly at the park or other places to let their kids interact. There are also groups that put on "field trips" that end up having 100 people show up.

In my case home schooling isn't about protecting my kids, but is about getting them a proper education. The public schools fail in teaching my kids that truely are above average. Rather than seeing my kid used as a tool for pulling up the average on the standardized tests, I can challenge my kids and see them educated on an appropriate level.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

I'm always amused at parents who say that they homeschool their kids because public schools don't "challenge" their kids enough. Translation: my kids are smarter than your kids.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Pasedena, CA

The tax exemption for kids is a reimbursement for part of the expense of raising kids. Think of it as a reimbursement for being taxed for other kids schooling. Since you think your kids are totally yours, shouldn’t you foot the bill for their costs. Do you expect the government to reimburse you for the food, clothing, shelter and other things that you voluntarily took on when you decided to have kids.

Pasedena, CA

To "Ultra Bob" the government gives me a tax exemption for just birthing a child. The idea is that it encourages more kids to be born, and is theoretically supposed to be a partial reimbursement for the food, clothing, and shelter that they require.

What is the difference between a tax exemption for home schooling a child, and birthing a child? The government needs more highly paid workers, and investing in homeschooling is worth doing because they typically do better in college, which can mean higher paying jobs and more taxes in the future.

Salt Lake City, Utah


With your logic, I should get a tax exemption as well because my kids are all adults, so I am getting the same direct benefit as the parent that home schools their child. Using that same logic, I don't use the public library, so I want to be exempt from the tax increase that my community pays for our new library. I don't use any of the county recreation facilities so I want to be exempt from that tax and so on and so forth.

The other thing, lets get real about this whole home school and college thing. I do not dispute that home school students do well in college, but what percent of home school students attend college? What percentage of students who are home schooled at some point end up back in the public schools and then public schools try to catch up what has been neglected, but who's scores count against those schools?

Lets tell both sides of the story for a change.

Cambridge, MA

To "Fred44" if your children are adults, and you have to spend money for their support because they are incapable of supporting themselves, then yes, you should (and do) get a tax exemption.

Your library analogy is wrong, you are basing things off of use. Lets look at it in terms of caring for children. If you and your spouse both work, you can send your child to daycare. Now, if only one of you works, while the other stays home do you think that you should get a tax break for staying home and raising your own children? You get a tax break to hire others to care for your children.

According to "Home-Schooled Teens Ripe for College" in USAToday, home schooled kids graduate from college at a rate of "66.7 percent compared to 57.5 [public school educated kids]percent—and earned higher grade point averages along the way."

What about the kids in public school that have been neglected and are "graduated" when they finish attending highschool, who has to pay for them to catch up with the rest of the world?

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