I was on the Deadly Nightshade Suburban Garden Facebook page yesterday and saw a post from someone looking for advice on homeschooling. I thought this was quite interesting. For some reason, the crossovers that I see, between gardening/sustainability/etc and homeschooling, always take me by surprise.
The woman was asking if there were any tax credits for homeschoolers – which is a big “NO” in case you were wondering. Let’s face it, the last thing the government wants to do is give any kind of tax breaks to homeschoolers. I mean, my goodness, that would be seen as encouragement!
And here is where I get political…
I’ve been watching the political shenanigans with all of the Republicans jockeying for place and fighting to decide who will be the challenger for the presidential seat later this year – and honestly, I’m in the Ron Paul camp. All I see in the others is same ole, same ole, and doggone it if there hasn’t been enough of that, don’t you think?
What has drawn me to Ron Paul has been his anti-war stance. He is against our continuing to wage both foreign wars and the nearly 40-year-old war inside our borders, the drug war, which is not only an utter failure, but has destroyed far more lives than it has helped.
I don’t agree with everything he has taken a stand on, but I do respect the fact that he has never wavered, never changed his mind in mid-stream because it will increase his ratings or silence his critics. He is, in my estimation, a man of his word.
But what caught my eye was my visit to his website. I clicked on the “The Issues” and went to the Homeschooling tab. It started out mundane enough, but this part in particular caught my eye…
In many cases, homeschooling families must forgo the second income of one parent, as well as incur the costs of paying for textbooks, computers, and other school supplies.
And with combined taxes taking almost 50 percent of the average family’s income, there is little left over for low- and middle-class parents to even consider other educational opportunities.
That’s why, during his time in Congress, Ron Paul has introduced legislation to:
* Help parents better educate their children by providing parents with a $5,000 per child tax credit for tutors, books, computers, and other K-12 related educational needs.
And I have to say, the idea of a $5,000 per child tax credit is huge, folks. Especially to my own little family and to the many families I know whose moms and dads work swing shifts or weekends in order to still bring in some money in addition to homeschooling their kids full-time. They do it just so they can make ends meet, keep their children where they are loved and cared for, and educated in the way they want and need to be educated.
As a single mom who learned about homeschooling for the first time in 1997, I instantly wanted to do this for my eldest. We had just moved here from California and she was entering the 4th grade. Instead, I would wait until the end of the 9th grade before finally putting my foot down and insisting on a change.
I would like to believe that it was the best decision I ever made, education-wise. With or without a tax credit, I’m committed to doing that for Emily – but this time it will hopefully be for the full ride – Kindergarten through 12th grade.
I sure wouldn’t say no to a $5,000 tax credit, though.
Food for thought, folks. Read up on the issues, and share your opinion…I’d love to hear it.