Friday, July 8, 2011

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Since when did public school get so expensive?

Never mind the $200 bill most parents get at the start of the school year after buying T-shirts, paying activity fees, and a case of Kleenex on top of the usual school supplies.  I can't speak for other school districts, but here in Gwinnett County GA, the public schools seems to have an excellent money making vehicle... summer school.  They appear to barrel through the curriculum during the school year, and if the student can't keep up and fails the class, they have to go to summer school at $250 per course.  If the child fails 2 or 3 classes, they are out of luck.  Few parents can fork over that kind of dough for summer school with the 3 week notice they are given between the time the child fails the classes and summer school fees must be paid.

Can't pay for summer school?  Maybe you can take the online class.  This can also be costly.  For many students these classes are the only thing keeping them from flunking out of school.  If you can't afford to pay the fees, then you may find yourself repeating the 12th grade.

I never needed summer school growing up, but my brothers did.  (Back in the day.)  It was free. What happened?

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