What I'd like to see is the money go with the child - not for homeschooling, but for public and private schools. (I don't want ANY public money supporting homeschooling personally.)
But then parents could CHOOSE where they wanted their kids to be, and the kind of education that they felt was best suited for their children - and market forces could predominate. This is the system that is used in some of the best systems in Europe.
I've always been an autodidact myself. I'm pretty much 'unteachable' otherwise. I don't particularly value teachers. I value thinkers that can communicate and inspire.
RE: Reading habits dropping