That's roughly my district's expenditure per student in the K-5 schools.
I'm no superintendent or lawmaker, so I can scarcely imagine the expense and effort it takes to minimally educate thousands of children, but I'm pretty sure $9000 could go a lot further for homeschoolers or even in a private school. I mean, they're spending $9000 per student, yet the teachers are chronically underpaid and forever threatening strike, the district never has enough books/desks (yet both area high schools just got a new gym... hmm...) and parents in our district are shelling out for everything from markers and pencils to (and this is directly off the list for my 2 who may be going to public school for Kindergarten in Sep) "4 full sized boxes of Kleenex tissues, no aloe/lotion." One could think with a $9000 per student expenditure the school could provide their own snot rags.
But I digress. The real purpose of my thread is not to rant, but just for mental floss.
What would YOU do as a homeschooler if you could spend the same amount on your students as the public school would be spending on them? $9000 budget to spend on anything vaguely under the umbrella of educational. And I know for a fact that our local public k-5 spends good money to send the Kindy class to Krispy Kreme to see how donuts are made so basically anything goes ;)