How Much Money Each State Saves Thanks to Homeschooling

Annie Holmquist | July 20, 2017

How Much Money Each State Saves Thanks to Homeschooling

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

The chart below gives a visual idea of what these numbers look like:

Millions saved by homeschoolers

Graphic Credit: David Curran @iamreddave.

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]



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