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No child left behind?

A number of states have begun to pursue creative new ways to get more federal funds. One of the most offensive has been to ask homeschoolers to disclose their incomes.

The federal government provides funding to school districts based on the number of low-income children in the district, whether or not those children attend the public school. This may have made sense in the old days, when private schools were the only real alternative to public education. As homeschooling has become more popular, however, more and more low-income families are choosing to teach their own children at home. School districts are not eager to give up the federal funding that goes with these low-income students, however, and are pursuing homeschoolers in an effort to keep their federal funding.

No federal or state law requires homeschoolers to disclose their incomes to the local public school district. Unfortunately however, no state or federal law prohibits school districts from asking for this information, either. Most homeschool families are knowledgeable about the law, and know better than to fill out forms about their income. As new families decide to educate their own children at home, however, they may not understand their rights under the law. Public school officials are often more interested in getting federal funds than informing these families of their rights. For this reason, it is very important for local support groups to reach out to new homeschoolers to help them understand the law.

We encourage every Wyoming homeschool families to join a local support group and statewide organization. By working together, families can keep public school districts from profiting off our hard work.

Scott W. Somerville