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Opinion Letters Education ‘options’ we can't afford

A growing number of parents in our society choose to make deep financial and lifestyle sacrifices to bear the primary responsibility for the education of their children. They are choosing to do so by directing their children’s upbringing through home schooling and private schools.

Very often, they have done this with quiet resolve; paying for their child’s tuition and expenses while also paying for the public-at-large’s public education system in which they do not participate.

Now, as a result of budget cuts subsequent to a period of record spending on public education, voices of complaint such as from Mr. Fitzsimon are heard ringing in difficult times for public education ahead.

According to the John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative policy institute, the median cost to the public in North Carolina for each high school diploma is $122,478.

It will take much more drastic action than that proposed by current N.C. legislators to raise any sympathy in a harried homeschooling mother who budgets $500 per child per year for education. One like her would challenge the state to operate on ten times her budget per capita for half the result.

But unfortunately, our public education system is far too inefficient and overburdened to take up that challenge.

Stuart Sloan — Franklin, N.C.


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