Lawmakers reject bill granting tax credit to home-school parents

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  • Mormon for Ron Paul SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    Looks like someone needs to study "The proper role of government" by Ezra Taft Benson. or any of the books he tells the saints to read such as the Law by Batista.

    Benson and Young condemned public education and programs like it that give the state power over the children at the experience of the stewardship rights of the parent. and programs that redistribute wealth.

    Such language has not been repealed my modern prophets. D&CSection134 helps instruct on what is proper.

    The public school system is good in the sense it helps the children of God to become educated. Homeschooling is a much better solution however. Public education schools are a form of socialism. If you think socialism is okay then at least your support of schools is congruent with your belief. Socialism uses the violent force of government to do things other than punish crime, such is an abuse of government power.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    Rejecting the bill is sound public policy. It is a contradiction that the legislature is considering ending the tax deduction for large families, but refuses to give tax credit for those not using the public schools.

  • Kevin A Murray, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    The problem I see with the $500 tax credit is that it is not nearly enough. I believe that school districts can achieve significant cost savings by leveraging the time and talents donated by willing parents to educate their children. Parents and children can also benefit by choosing from among numerous educational approaches and curricula to personalize education to the interests and abilities of each child. Unfortunately, $500 is barely enough to pay for a single class from a virtual school, but the district I live in spends more than $12,000/child/year. If parents who opt out of the full-service public school system children could be reimbursed perhaps $5,000/child for verified expenses, many more parents would likely choose this option, and the school district would theoretically save $7,000/child. With $5,000 to work with, parents could purchase curriculm, register their children for private courses or lessons, either virtual or classroom-based, or even pay tuition back to the district to participate in some public school classes or activities. Several California charter schools operate on this precise model, albeit with reimbursement of $1,600. Students in these schools meet with a state-certified teacher once per month to measure educational progress.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Feb. 28, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    If it looks like a voucher, acts like a voucher, then it is a voucher. Good job on the rejection.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:55 p.m.

    Wow. At least there are occasional flashes of wisdom in our legislature.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:26 p.m.

    Why not? Its a win-win. More will be encouraged to home school and we will reduce class sizes for next to nothing.