Homeschooling Reduces State Theft

It turns out that homeschooling might do more than save minds, it might save people money.  Thanks to homeschooling, you might end up paying less taxes this year.  According to a study from the  National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) , homeschooling has saved states millions of dollars.  This is NOT the main argument I would make in defense of homeschooling, but the fact that homeschooling DOES save states money further demonstrates that human beings, if left to their own devices, with layers of bureaucracy removed, can do it better and cheaper than any coercive enterprise system could ever manage to do.
Now, if the state could just stop forcing homeschool families from paying for the funding of the government schools that are raising future opponents to liberty.


The most recent numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) hail from 2012 and suggest that 1.8 million children are now educated at home.

Compared to public school students, studies suggest that homeschoolers perform up to 30 percentile points better on standardized tests, have higher college GPAs and completion rates, and may even be better adjusted socially. Judging from these numbers, it would seem that homeschooling definitely benefits the individual student.

But what about the nation as a whole? Are there any immediate benefits which homeschoolers offer to their communities?

One of the most obvious is the money each homeschool student saves his or her state. Based on state spending per student multiplied by the approximate number of homeschoolers in each state, the following statistics demonstrate how much savings homeschoolers are passing off to their fellow citizens each year:

Alabama $203.9 million
Alaska $67.5 million
Arizona $249.1 million
Arkansas $137.7 million
California $1.8 billion
Colorado $227.6 million
Connecticut $31 million
Delaware $36.4 million
D.C. $37.2 million
Florida $729.8 million
Georgia $468.1 million
Hawaii $75.1 million
Idaho $58.4 million
Illinois $798.6 million
Indiana $341.3 million
Iowa $157.3 million
Kansas $144.7 million
Kentucky $190.6 million
Louisiana $240.4 million
Maine $68.6 million
Maryland $381.6 million
Massachusetts $429.5 million
Michigan $510.5 million
Minnesota $297.3 million
Mississippi $123.3 million
Missouri $279.4 million
Montana $50.2 million
Nebraska $109.6 million
Nevada $113.8 million
New Hampshire $80.7 million
New Jersey $736.2 million
New Mexico $98.7 million
New York $1.7 billion
North Carolina $1 billion
North Dakota $40.3 million
Ohio $614.5 million
Oklahoma $149.5 million
Oregon $222.3 million
Pennsylvania $298.6 million
Rhode Island $64.8 million
South Carolina $214.8 million
South Dakota $37 million
Tennessee $262.4 million
Texas $1.2 billion
Utah $117.8 million
Vermont $43 million
Virginia $366.7 million
Washington $327.8 million
West Virginia $117.1 million
Wisconsin $209.7 million
Wyoming $44 million
It should be noted that because homeschool registration varies by state, these numbers are likely conservative, making the savings even more than recorded above. In fact, a recent report by the Pioneer Institute suggested that on a national scale, homeschoolers save taxpayers $22 billion every year.r

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How Much Money Each State Saves Thanks to Homeschooling

With savings like these, doesn’t it seem like states would want to encourage more parents to homeschool?

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