Holly Springs, N.C. — Proposed legislation that would provide North Carolina families a tax credit of $2,500 a year for each child they home-school is getting mixed reviews.
House Bill 144 faces at least three committee hearings before it can even be heard on the House floor, but some home-schoolers already say they're not interested in getting the money from the state.
"Most of us know that, along with government money, comes government regulation," said Nikki Esquivel, who has taught her children for 15 years.
"Most of us in the home-schooling world have the 'if it's not broke, don't fix it' mentality," Esquivel said.
Bill co-sponsor Rep. Chris Malone, R-Wake, said families don't need to worry about added state oversight being tied to the tax credit.
A former Wake County Board of Education member, Malone said he backs the bill to even the playing field a bit for home-school families.
"Home-schoolers, they don't get all the things and all the flexibility that we do here at the regular schools," he said, adding that more research needs to be done on the proposal.
Yevonne Brannon, chairwoman of education watchdog group Great Schools in Wake, said the estimated $200 million a year that would be paid out in tax credits would take away from public school funding.
"Any monies that take money away from the public school setting is a concern," Brannon said.