In Wisconsin, public school students can enroll in college classes (and receive college textbooks) for free, but homeschool students have to pay full price.
I understand this in theory because, as it was put to me by my state legislator, "this is consistent with having to pay for one’s family’s own homeschooling curriculum and textbooks – when the parents of a public school child do not directly bear that expense."
But, it still makes me really mad because if my boys were in our local school system they wouldn't need the college classes!!! Our local public schools are so atrocious that the test scores for reading, math, and science are some of the lowest in the country! I've paid property taxes for my failing public schools for 10 years plus borne all of the costs of educating our boys at home. It feels like a no win situation. If we crossed over the county line (which we can't afford), we could have our children attend amazing public schools where they would most certainly receive educations that prepared them for dual-enrollment. Grrr.
I realize that it is not relevant for me just yet; my oldest child is in 5th grade. However, our oldest ds is currently completing a 7th grade math program and if he continues the math sequence that he is currently on, he will be doing Pre-Calculus in 8th grade! In plotting out his high school course work, I realized quickly that he will be beyond my level at that point. I'm starting to panic about high school already!
Anyway, I'm wondering, is common in most states? I'm starting to be so envious of those whose states allow homeschoolers to participate in varsity sports and dual enrollment!
Edited by Heather in WI, 27 January 2011 - 05:51 PM.