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    Filed at 12:06 pm under by dcobranchi

    Isabel Lyman found an editorial in West Virginia that definitively proves that you don’t have to have any brains at all in order to write for a newspaper. According to the editorial, homeschoolers hurt the g-schools because we take money out of the system.

    By holding their kids out of the school system they are hurting their communities. School funding is based upon the number of students enrolled in a school system at the end of October. The fewer students enrolled in the school at that time, the fewer dollars available for the next year’s budget. School systems facing this situation, are facing layoffs.

    We have no idea about the number of students being homeschooled in West Virginia, but it is substantial and growing every year. While there may be good reasons for this, the fact remains that every student not in the public school hurts that school.

    And, I guess, the private schools and the parochial schools are “hurting” the g-schools, too. There’s a reason that the g-schools get money per student. If there are fewer students, it should take fewer dollars to educate the ones left in jail. In fact, since the homeschooling parents still pay property taxes, we are actually helping by pulling our kids out. It’s simple, really. But, evidently, too complicated for WV editors.

    6 Responses to “WHAT AN IDIOT!”

    Comment by
    September 30th, 2003
    at 3:27 pm

    must…resist…urge…to…comment. Having…nothing …nice…to..say 🙂

    Comment by
    September 30th, 2003
    at 5:04 pm

    Oh, they’ve figured this one out in my neck of the woods…
    1. You get a tax credit if your child goes to private school. And 2. I was told by both a principal (not at all nicely) and a teacher (very sweetly) that homeschooling would be my best option. There’s no urge to get kids back into the overcrowded schools around here.
    It’s ‘thanks for the tax dollars and thanks for not foisting your child on us,’ lol!
    What a dumb editorial! (It makes you want to make the obvious comment about graduates of the public school system, lol!)
    I love the stuff you find, btw! I’ve been checking back to read almost every day.

    Comment by
    September 30th, 2003
    at 8:30 pm

    Just goes to show you that it’s all about the money.

    The editor must have gone to public school.

    Comment by
    October 1st, 2003
    at 12:21 pm

    How big is this money bucket?

    Using easy numbers, if we have $200 and 2 schools with 10 students each, each school gets $10 per student.

    During the year, ten students continue to live in district, but switch to homeschooling.

    So next year, shouldn’t there still be $200 for 2 schools, now with 5 students each? This is now $20 per student.

    If they have an infinite money bucket, I know a few others who could use one, too.

    Comment by
    Joanne Jacobs
    October 3rd, 2003
    at 2:15 pm

    It’s not just parents who choose private or home schools who are draining money from the public school system. Think of all those childless couples. They’re doing nothing to help the school system. Perhaps fertility drugs should be mandatory.

    When people complain about losing per-pupil funding, ignoring the fact that the school no longer has to educate the lost pupils, it implies that much of the money isn’t going to hire teachers or buy books. It must be going to overhead, which can’t or won’t be cut when the student population falls.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    October 3rd, 2003
    at 5:00 pm

    According to this Census Bureau report (page 18), in 2001 salaries, wages, and benefits accounted for ~$283B out of a total expenditure of ~$351B.