Vouchers would be a considerable form of economic assistance to parents who have been forced into homeschooling.
Purchasing homeschooling curriculum that is superior to what many public schools are offering – a low bar, as many are currently outsourcing kids’ education to YouTube – is not cheap.
Parents having to make different choices about how they earn a living is not cheap.
These are real financial sacrifices parents are making because states are failing to provide what they constitutionally mandated to provide.
Most urban school districts are receiving nearly $20,000 per student to educate children. That money is coming from taxation at every level of government. Under the current system, parents are paying those taxes whether the schools are serving their purposes or not. Even before the pandemic, many schools were failing to provide kids with a decent education, as demonstrated by the millions of children who are not proficient in math or reading at their grade level.
Vouchers would also free up quality public school teachers who disagree with efforts to keep schools closed that are being pushed by teachers unions to advance political causes wholly unrelated to education or children.
You send tax dollars back to parents and good teachers can become exceptionally well-paid independent tutors. They could be pulling in six-digits easily. More than that if they turn teaching into a bona fide business.
If you think that is crazy, what I just described is precisely why Asian countries are kicking America’s ass in education. They have thousands of independent teachers who are compensated like rock stars because they get results. Even Communist China doesn’t subsidize failure in education like we do in the United States.
There is a documentary called School, Inc. that I would highly recommend watching if you are interested in this dilemma. It explores how radically different education is in other countries compared with the US. You can watch it on Amazon Prime.