If you homeschool or are involved with Christian schooling, you’ll want to pay attention to a recent bill that was introduced in Congress. At face value, the bill looks like it would be good for those not using the public schools–it reallocates federal funding to states and directs states to give vouchers to those who homeschool or use private schools. Sounds good, right? I’d sure like some of my property taxes back!
But, as the Homeschool Legal Defense Association notes, as nice as that might be, money from the government always eventually leads to more governmental regulations. We homeschoolers and private schoolers would rather the government just leave us alone.
This is why HSLDA recommends that you contact your representatives and ask them not to support the (well-intentioned) bill:
But HSLDA has repeatedly told our friends on Capitol Hill that our members and many other homeschooling families know that government dollars will eventually result in government regulation. Although we are grateful for our friends on Capitol Hill, and although we know that representatives King, Olson, and Harris are well-intentioned, they need to hear loud and clear from the homeschool community. Even though the vouchers created by H.R. 610 would be voluntary, we believe that this would be a slippery slope