U.S. Public School Fees — Sign of Third World Education

U.S. Public School Fees -- Sign of Third World Education

Public elementary school parents juggling “back-to-school” clothing expenses for growing kids and budget-busting food and gas costs are stunned by the hidden costs of “free” education, reports Leah Fabel in the Washington Examiner.

Germantown’s Ronald McNair Elementary requires each student to pay $65 (a $25 “activity fee” plus a $40 “snack fee”). Fees for area high school students can total over a thousand dollars. In Virginia, only Loudoun County does not charge fees to public school students, according to “The Price of a Free Public Education,” a paper by the Legal Aid Justice Center.

School fees are a blight on primary education in the Third World. The World Bank, UNESCO and other agencies fight to have them abolished. Perhaps Washington-area parents should ask these agencies to speak with local school superintendents on their behalf.

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