State Revokes Services for Homeschoolers

My daughter Alana and I are featured in an article in today’s Daily News about the New York State Education Department’s stupid decision to deny special ed services to homeschoolers. While we homeschool my daughter, she receives physical therapy, occuational therapy and play therapy weekly to help with ADHD and gross motor skills development. Until now, the Board of Education had paid for these services, just as they do for public school students and even elite private school students. Now it looks like they are going to revoke those services, just for homeschooled kids.

Some libertarians may question whether I’m being hypocritical by receiving services from the state while opposing the welfare state and government schools. I might be making that same argument if I were in someone else’s shoes. However, the way I see it, I’m still paying way more in taxes than I’ll ever get back in services. Until they let me stop paying taxes, I’m not going to feel too bad about taking some of it back. Also, our daughter’s therapists our private contractors we choose, not part of the government education bureaucracy. And of course, if I have to choose between being the purest libertarian of them all and helping my daugher, the latter wins by a mile.

Now if I were taking matching funds for a political campaign, then I’d be a baaaad libertarian… :-)

3 comments for “State Revokes Services for Homeschoolers

  1. October 2, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I’m sorry I have never encountered your blog before!

    I came here looking for articles about the problem you were having getting special services for your home schooled daughter, but I found myself browsing and ended up somewhere in the “nanny state”.

    You had me laughing my butt off. Thanks so much for making my day. Great blog!

  2. January 18, 2008 at 2:01 am

    The system exists, I guess. I won’t fault you, anyway. I only read about this the other day, but it is a bad precedent, I think. First, it is applied differently depending on how the states define homeschooling.

    Second, it takes away from a state’s right to determine how it wants to fund education in the state. So I guess maybe your libertarian mind can stick with that? I don’t know…I only have libertarian tendencies. I’m not libertarian. : )

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