Just a thought: I pay property taxes as expected. And I have since I have owned (or had a mortgage on) a home. That money helps to support public education.
Given that many persons are changing the way they educate their children, using charter schools, parochial schools, secular private schools, online schools and home-schools, why NOT give them, give us, the amount of money we would be contributing to public education...while we are educating our own?
I understand the argument that paying for education benefits society...to the extent that it's successful and efficient. But why shouldn't I be excused during the time my children are in primary and secondary schools? It isn't as if my children are using the school's resources. It's actually rather challenging for them to have access to any of it even now, when I pay taxes and home-school simultaneously. A reality that seems a bit unjust, if you ask me.
So give parents who choose other types of alternate educational pathways a tax credit. We aren't taking money away. We're just moving it back home, or rather, back to the kids who will be using it. The same way that we moved the kids out of the schools.
And just as the kids will enter the work force and public life, our tax dollars will flow right back when we're finished.
It seems a simple, fair and ethically reasonable concession to those who elect to educate their kids elsewhere...and in the process don't take up the time of public teachers, fill the chairs in public classrooms or use any of the assets of the public school in the first place.