If a public school student costs around $12,500 per year of taxpayer money and females pay an average of $11,500 in tax* the cost of one public school child in school a year is more than one mother would earn. Therefore, homeschooling mothers save the government $1,000 in tax if just one child was homeschooled with a stay-at-home mother.
But some argue the economic impact of an extra $33,500 (45K-11.5K) floating in the economy is of more benefit. They must remember that homeschool families have an average of three children per family. If these three children went to public school (costing taxpayers $37,500 per year) while their stay-at-home mother went to work, the economic impact would likely be nullified by the very high cost to taxpayers of sending three children to school. Of course, the above argument fails to consider the positive economic impact of good (and plentiful) citizens. Citizens raised by homeschooling parents seem to make great citizens by almost every measure and study. Asking homeschool stay-at-home mothers to go to work doesn't seem to be a smart idea for the government. Perhaps they should reconsider their position on this issue in regard to homeschooling families.
*$3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000. Women earn an average of $45,000 per year.
This article is an extract from Why on Earth Homeschool, an unpublished book due for publication in 2017.