I think you are confused. Are there public schools that are failing - that is, do a poor job at their assigned missions? Of course. But "failing public schools" are concentrated in places where most students come from poor families, principally urban areas. However these are not the parents who choose to home school their kids - these are the parents who already work 2 jobs and recognize they are not equipped to be effective educators as well. These are parents who, if involved, are more likely to seek to make their kids' schools better. Rather, surveys have shown that 75% of home schooling families make their choice principally for religious purposes. The mythology of "America's schools are failing" is a deception promoted by right wing and religious fanatics who oppose secular public school education. View Comment
Actually, it is true:
fanatics see any form of thinking different from their own as detrimental. View Comment
The majority of home school situations are seriously creepy. Most of the time it's parents who are religious fanatics determined to brainwash their kids while preventing them from being exposed to any outside influence, from learning critical thinking skills such as to challenge dogma, and from learning science. Seriously creepy. Taxpayers never should be subsidizing that kind of child abuse, it's bad enough it's tolerated at all. View Comment
Why is the state involved in this activity? Further: "Single-family homeowners must live in the property at least 14 days per year." What?
Malloy is an idiot, and he will serve only one term as governor before he moves to Washington for his next job of blather. View Comment
Americans enjoy the cheapest gas of any industrialized nation. Gasoline was $9.79 two months ago in Norway, Europe's largest oil EXPORTER. Raising the federal gas tax is long past due - americans will pay more, or drive less, or choose more fuel efficient transportation. Thanks, Chris Murphy, for having the cajones to move this forward.
Jim E -- I guess you're fine with increasing the federal gasoline tax, but you just don't like Chris Murphy?