Episode 6: Too Cool for School – the COVID effect

Main idea: With limited options for returning to school, the failure of the government monopoly is laid bare.

Too Cool for School and a little too pissed off about the standardization of government-run education.
  • Who we are
    • I’m Kasie, I’m in Columbia and my daughter is 12. We’re planning to homeschool in the Fall. Something I never thought I’d say.
    • I’m Jessica. I live in the Upstate of South Carolina, and I have two boys. Our schools have gone to an alternating schedule which has complicated things for our family.
    • I’m Alex. Our little Perry is just one, but we always planned to homeschool for a number of reasons.
    • I’m Melissa – Mother of 3 in the Lowcountry. 5th grade son in virtual school and 2 daughters (K & 2nd grade) at a magnet Montessori school. If I keep my girls home, they lose their spot in the magnet program.
  • Parenting Porcupines is: funny mom stories, common experiences, and honest conversations about how our Libertarian principles play a role in our parenting.
    • The hot topic right now is return-to-school so we’re working that problem out using our Libertarian ideals in this episode. At issue: insufficient options, family circumstances, centralized planning, state control, and this Reason.com article that exposes the union influence on policy making.
  • Today’s topic: School Options, Restrictions, and Arbitrary Guidelines
    • What’s each family’s scenario on going back to school?
    • Are your concerns about safety?
    • South Carolina’s Education Oversight Committee’s 2020 report says we are spending an average of $14,000 per student per year on education. Our system is funded to the tune of $10B total in combined federal, state, and local revenue.
    • The reality is that education is serving two primary purposes: 
      • 1) occupy children while parents are working, 
      • 2) meet the compulsory education obsession we have in this country.
    • We’re not going to “defund schools” so even as free market options emerge, they’re looking to get paid by the state education revenue machine.
      • Taxes — property tax allocation for schools
      • Allocation of Tax Money- Greenville County Real Property Taxes on our primary residence: GREENVILLE SCHOOL 63% or $1,513.63; This is the allocation on Jess’s rental property: GREENVILLE SCHOOL 55% or $565.89
      • Link to the SC DOR’s policy manual. Check out pages 32 and 33. There’s an offset “credit” — see images
  • Coming up on the next episode: 
    • The Monopoly Effect: Charity is voluntary, and taxation is theft
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  • Thanks and goodbye

What’s happening in your county and state? What will you do with your kids come fall? Leave a comment.

Published by kasiewhitener

Author of After December, host of Write On SC, YouTube channels for both and blogging like it's my job at http://kasiewhitener.com

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