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As many recognize, homeschooling has been booming in recent years and promises to keep growing. 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:

  1. Alabama $203.9 million
  2. Alaska $67.5 million
  3. Arizona $249.1 million
  4. Arkansas $137.7 million
  5. California $1.8 billion
  6. Colorado $227.6 million
  7. Connecticut $31 million
  8. Delaware $36.4 million
  9. D.C. $37.2 million
  10. Florida $729.8 million
  11. Georgia $468.1 million
  12. Hawaii $75.1 million
  13. Idaho $58.4 million
  14. Illinois $798.6 million
  15. Indiana $341.3 million
  16. Iowa $157.3 million
  17. Kansas $144.7 million
  18. Kentucky $190.6 million
  19. Louisiana $240.4 million
  20. Maine $68.6 million
  21. Maryland $381.6 million
  22. Massachusetts $429.5 million
  23. Michigan $510.5 million
  24. Minnesota $297.3 million
  25. Mississippi $123.3 million
  26. Missouri $279.4 million
  27. Montana $50.2 million
  28. Nebraska $109.6 million
  29. Nevada $113.8 million
  30. New Hampshire $80.7 million
  31. New Jersey $736.2 million
  32. New Mexico $98.7 million
  33. New York $1.7 billion
  34. North Carolina $1 billion
  35. North Dakota $40.3 million
  36. Ohio $614.5 million
  37. Oklahoma $149.5 million
  38. Oregon $222.3 million
  39. Pennsylvania $298.6 million
  40. Rhode Island $64.8 million
  41. South Carolina $214.8 million
  42. South Dakota $37 million
  43. Tennessee $262.4 million
  44. Texas $1.2 billion
  45. Utah $117.8 million
  46. Vermont $43 million
  47. Virginia $366.7 million
  48. Washington $327.8 million
  49. West Virginia $117.1 million
  50. Wisconsin $209.7 million
  51. 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.

Such savings should give us pause. Homeschooling parents pay taxes like everyone else, yet they also fork out a lot of money each year to pay for books and other equipment. Should some of this savings be passed on to them, or would such a process only invite more government control into individual homes?

Furthermore, if homeschooling produces such a good product for such a large monetary savings, doesn’t it seem like states would want to encourage more parents to pursue such an education option?

[Image Credit: Flickr-Alexandre Normand | CC BY SA 2.0]

This post How Much Money Each State Saves Thanks to Homeschooling was originally published on Intellectual Takeout by Annie Holmquist.


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  • eMpleHesaelP

    Glad we live in Nevada. Homeschooling here is very friendly and there is little intrusion by the state. I’m terrified for when we move depending on where we end up. I’ve heard horror stories about other states.

  • scribbleprints

    For California, some homeschoolers operate as a private school, while others operate through a Independent Learning charter and therefor do recieve some funds. Was this factored in when calculating California’s numbers here?

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