Public School Vs. Public Schools

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Many people struggle with the attitude toward paying property taxes, especially if they do not use the public school system. Many individuals choose to send their children to private schools or to homeschool them. Should these citizens be required to pay property taxes? Also, what about the citizens who do not have children? Should they be required to pay the tax? The taxes being referred to are the property taxes that public school education greatly depends on. It has been a debate since public schools were created of whether or not citizens who choose not to enroll their children in a public school should be paying property taxes that support it. While a tax is a fee charged by a government on a product, income, or activity, a property tax is a tax assessed on real estate by the local government. Property tax is usually based on the value of the property (including the land) that someone owns. Owning property requires one to pay property taxes. The majority of those property taxes go toward public schooling and education. Although not all schools are equal, America spends over $500 billion a year on public elementary and secondary education. The Federal Education Budget Project explains the three types of funding for public education. All three levels of government – federal, state, and local - contribute to education funding. States typically provide a little less than half of all elementary and secondary education funding. Local governments generally contribute
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