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Why Are Some Public Schools Charging Tuition?

iStock_000016869764XSmallThere is power in the phase “public education.” It is education provided by our government for all children that is provided free of charge. Private, independent and parochial schools charge a tuition, but public schools have always been free to attend…until now.

But before you get all riled up, public schools won’t be charging everyone. It’s just a handful of school and in very special circumstances.

Yahoo finance reports that, “while most school districts typically charge between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars for a transfer student, some districts are charging families upwards of $10,000 while marketing themselves as private school alternatives.”

The Rye Brook school district in Westchester, New York, is an example of this. They are charging $21,500 a year for middle and high school. “You get a first-rate education. You hear about charter schools. You hear about private schools. You hear about parochial schools. This is just another option,” the school board president told CBS News.

This is something that is happening on the opposite coast as well.  The Riverdale school district outside of Portland, Oregon, is charging $11,900 to students who reside outside of their district. And in Texas, one district with “exemplary” schools is charging $10,000 a year.

We all know that public school across the land are struggling financially. That is no secret. But I’m torn on whether to deem this as a clever way to create a revenue stream or if it’s a way to give an unfair advantage to a child whose family has the financial means to send their child to the public school of their choosing, where other children are just stuck with the school they are assigned to.

What do you think? Do you think the wealthy are getting a big leg up in the public school realm, especially when they could – apparently – afford a private school education. Shouldn’t that seat go to a child that does not have that choice?

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