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HOMESCHOOLERS SAVING NEVADA TAXPAYERS MILLIONS

May 18, 2005

Homeschooled students save Nevada taxpayers millions of dollars each year, refuting the notion that homeschooling costs school districts funding, according to the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI).

Moreover, homeschooling saves taxpayers $24.3 to $34.6 million a year, and home- and private-schooling is a win-win arrangement for both taxpayers and individual public school districts, says NPRI.

  • In general, homeschooled students live in two-parent households where parents have attained a higher-than-average level of education; these households are typically less affluent and more rural than those opting for private education.
  • Parents choose to homeschool their children for many different reasons, including academic aspirations, desire for more time with children, safety concerns or a desire to impart religious, cultural or philosophical values.
  • Homeschooled students attain higher academic achievement as measured by standardized testing, college attendance and standing in national spelling and geography contests.
  • Homeschooling provides adequate opportunities for socialization and protection from negative social interactions.

The number of homeschooled students has increased from 15,000 in the 1980s to an estimated 2 million in the current decade. Now, homeschoolers represent 1.8 percent to 3.7 percent of the U.S. student population, says NPRI.

Source: Kafer, Krista, "Study Shows Nevada Home, Private Schools Save Districts Millions," Heartland Institute, School Reform News, May 1, 2005; based upon: John T. Wenders and Andrea D. Clements, "Homeschooling in Nevada: The Budgetary Impact," Nevada Policy Research Institute, March 10, 2005.

 

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