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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Joan Klingsberg
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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Homeschooling in Nevada: Budgetary Considerations

Homeschooling in Nevada: The Budgetary Impact
by John T. Wenders, Ph.D.* and Andrea D. Clements, Ph.D.*
Executive Summary


Driven by parents' beliefs that homeschool learning environments can be superior to those of public or private schools, as well as a desire by parents to spend more time together as a family, Nevada homeschooling has undergone remarkable growth during the past decade.

Homeschool children in the state now make up about 1 percent of all school-age children. Public school advocates have argued that homeschooling "costs" the school system money through lost per-pupil taxpayer funding whenever a child is homeschooled rather than public schooled. In fact, home school
students benefit school districts in the long run by relieving them of the far greater total costs of educating them. In Nevada, these cost savings are well in excess of the "lost" state aid.

By not being educated in public schools, homeschool children either save taxpayers money, or make additional tax money available for other uses, including bolstering the educational opportunities for children who remain in public schools. Similar savings result from private school students. The present
analysis measures the extent of this saving by estimating the additional costs that Nevada's public schools would incur if home- and private school students were placed in public schools.

Based on 2003 data, the analysis shows an annual potential cost savings to Nevada taxpayers ranging from $24.3 million to $34.6 million attributable to homeschool students, and another $101.9 to $147 million attributable to private school students, for a combined total of $126.2 million to $181.7 million. This total amounts to an annual potential cost savings ranging from $327 to $471 per Nevada public school student. Local educators should look at home and private school students as assets, not as
liabilities. Because of them, Nevada public schools' expenses decrease by a greater amount than their revenues decrease, producing a net gain. We calculate the net gain to local school districts to be between $25.9 million and $42.7 million.

Moreover, if taxpayers' cost savings are used to enhance the educational opportunities of those students who attend public schools, the benefit to public schools would be even greater.

LINK to the complete study

John T. Wenders
Professor of Economics, University of Idaho
Senior Fellow, The Commonwealth Foundation

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