I was reading the regulations for Pennsylvania homeschooling parents tonight and am outraged. One of the comments I get a lot as a homeschooler is from ill-informed public school parents who claim they are paying taxes to support my homeschooling. BS. It’s actually the other way around. Homeschoolers don’t get a penny from public schools or any public school fund. We don’t get funding from anywhere. Nothing, nada. WE PAY for our homeschooling, not anyone else. We pay for our materials and we pay by foregoing a parent’s work wages because that parent is home with the kids educating them. We also pay taxes, so we are paying for public schools, paying for parents of publicly schooled kids to get an education.
In Pennsylvania, homeschooling parents have to undergo a portfolio review EVERY SINGLE YEAR. To add insult to injury, the parent has to hire an “evaluator” to scrutinize EACH of their children’s portfolios and pay that evaluator. Guess who the evaluators are? Public school teachers. Just when you thought the state of public education couldn’t get any worse. Unbelievable.
So if you live in Pennsylvania, you are paying to homeschool your kids, paying to publicly educate everyone else’s kids, and paying public school teachers to evaluate your kids’ portfolios every single year. Amazing. I have steam coming out of my ears.