Well, you see, we've got Traditional Public Schools and Charter Schools, and each of them gets to keep the tax dollars assigned to individual students, so why not Home Schools?
Look, access to conduit capital financing can be critical for the Home School with inadequate physical education facilities. As long as you are a "high performing Home School" [as measured by student GPA, DCAS scores etc.], why shouldn't you be able to ask the State to help you build the athletic facilities that your student needs? A basketball hoop for the driveway? A swimming pool in the back yard? You can't object that, once built, the State will have no equity in the facility, because the State isn't going to get equity in most Charter School buildings, either.
And how about money to pay the consulting fee to hire an Educational Diagnostician? [There are quite a few of them available just now, as school districts are laying them off right and left.] I mean, you might not think that your student has special needs, but if you could make a case for it and get him or her on an HSGIEP [Home-School-generated Individualized Education Plan], then you should also be able to qualify for the $20K plus that the State and Feds spend on such kids.
I always knew my kids were special.
Since Home Schooled students are often reported [with about as much veracity as Charter School students] to out-perform traditional schools, I say, "Why allow funding inequities to exist! Home School parents pay school taxes, and it is unfair that my neighbors' kids get more State benefits than mine for attending a different kind of public school."
How do I know that Home Schools are public schools? It's easy: they have preference zones [the boundaries of your property]; they have limited enrollment; they don't have unionized faculties; and if the kids bomb out or become disciplinary problems they can always be dumped back into their feeder pattern Traditional Public Schools.
Home Schools, it seems, are just really, really tiny Charter Schools.
Think of them as the micro-breweries of public education. [I begin to see possibilities of a whole new drinking game here.]
But how much to spend on the new Home School Performance Fund?
Let's see: racinos are getting $8 million this year. Charter Schools are getting $2 million and access to minor caps. I'm thinking that we'll start small: $1 million this year for the HSPF, with a ceiling of $5 million in the future.
And just to show you that I am not out to ruin the Traditional Public Schools or the Charter Schools, I will agree up front that whenever a new Home School is started, it will generate an impact report that everyone else in the system is completely free to ignore.
I was going to suggest that we pursue this via a new Governor's private definitely not public working group, but then it occurred to me: all we really need is a working lunch with Earl Jaques.