Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Labor of Love....Made Harder by the State Legislature

Those of us who homeschool know that it is a labor of love. We don't get paid, plus we have to spend our own money on our books and supplies, even as we pay (sometimes astronomical) taxes to a public school system we prefer not to enroll our children in.

But we're not the only ones who teach out of love. The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted a former public school teacher, Faye Brown, who started a private Christian school four years ago in South Carolina. Her students, most of them poor and black, scored about 400 points higher than public school kids on their SAT's, so she must be doing something right. But it's a tough job made extremely difficult by a lack of money. (Her retirement savings are sometimes used to make ends meet.)

The WSJ article brought a wonderful response from readers, who sent money to help the school and its students (you can read about their generosity here). Now comes word that the South Carolina state legislature has voted down the vouchers that would have helped this school's students afford their modest (by private school standards) tuition for years to come. What a shame.

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