Get your mind out of the gutter, it's not that kind of fantasy!
Each year we receive our school tax bill - it's a bit over $3,000 this year and it's always difficult to dig up enough money to pay it (which is why I teach over the summer and am basically a whore doing just about anything for a few extra dollars).
Since we home school, we not only get no benefit from this (as do many people without kids in the local schools), we also have to pay out-of-pocket (with no tax breaks) for our own educational supplies. We spend another few thousand a year for all of that.
So each year we dream of how nice it would be to actually be able to use that school tax money to educate our own kids. I know, I know, it's necessary to support public education but the tax burden should not fall unfairly on property owners (especially elderly property owners who are forced out of their homes by the tax burden).
This summer we learned Rondout Valley School District spends over $19,000 per student per year to educate them in the schools! The national average is a little over $10,000 per students. New York schools are the highest in the nation in per capita students spending and Rondout's near the top of that list. Read about it here.
I also know that many local Ulster County schoolteachers earn well over $100,000 a year - twice what many PhD college professors earn in the local SUNY colleges and universities. Still they complain of being underpaid!
Well, for all that money, we must be getting an awesome education for our students, right? Well our local community college gets a lot of local high school graduates and many of them place into remedial English and mathematics classes after entrance testing. FACT: There are students graduating local high schools who cannot do simple 8th grade algebra nor write a coherent paragraph! How do you feel about that $19,000 per student per year now?
Just like some people fantasize about winning the lottery, my wife and I fantasize how nice it would be to have $38,000 per year to educate our two children! We could study marsupials in Australia! The French Revolution in France! Spanish language lessons in Cancun!
Instead I may have to pick up a second night job to pay my school tax bill.