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I keep seeing references to fees for public schools. I've never heard of that -- did that exist when we were in school? What fees are you guys talking about? Are you talking about mandatory registration fees, or the cost of optional extras like spirit t-shirts and yearbooks (which I wouldn't consider "fees")?

And when do these fees start? My son is entering K this year -- am I going to have to pay something when school starts (the handouts they've given me don't mention anything)?
 

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I keep seeing references to fees for public schools. I've never heard of that -- did that exist when we were in school? What fees are you guys talking about? Are you talking about mandatory registration fees, or the cost of optional extras like spirit t-shirts and yearbooks (which I wouldn't consider "fees")?

And when do these fees start? My son is entering K this year -- am I going to have to pay something when school starts (the handouts they've given me don't mention anything)?
My friend in ohio has to rent her children't text books and purchase their workbooks. If she doesn't pay the fees they still have to give the kids the books, but they withhold their report cards and school pictures.
 

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We didn't have registration fees but paid $30 per kid for school supplies and $10 per month for my pre-k kid's snack fee. Other than that, most things are optional (school pics, yearbooks, t-shirts, etc.)

Field trips are usually extra, and depends on the outing.
 

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We didn't have registration fees but paid $30 per kid for school supplies and $10 per month for my pre-k kid's snack fee. Other than that, most things are optional (school pics, yearbooks, t-shirts, etc.)

Field trips are usually extra, and depends on the outing.
Yeah, that kind of stuff I'm prepared for. We spent about $25 on school supplies, and I'll pack DS's snack every day, but obviously that's a cost I'm expecting and feel I am responsible for anyway.

Is this the kind of stuff people are talking about when they reference "fees"?
 

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No fees here at all never heard of that before.
 

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A lot of states have schools that have material and book fees, and bus fees.

However, you can check your state laws. If it says that every child has the right to a free and appropriate education, you can challenge the fees. In CA if you can't afford the scientific calculator that is required for your child's geometry class....the school MUST provide one. They can't deny a child an education because they can't afford school supplies.
 

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Some public schools require textbook rentals and workbook purchases?!

As a former poor kid, this makes me sad. The only time we needed money for school was for extra-curriculars or special classes that required supplies (like cooking, high school art, etc.). I remember having near-anxiety attacks for having to ask my parents for a $20 special class fee, because I knew they'd have to make sacrifices for it and wouldn't be happy. If we had to rent textbooks my mother would have had a conniption.

I really think that public school should be 100% fee free. (Obviously not including meals or extras like sports or yearbooks.)
 

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We had a registration fee of $100, and a textbook rental fee of $18. Add to that over $50 of school supplies (kleenex, pencils, erasers, etc), and it really adds up. I'm grateful that I only have one child in public schools.
 

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Yeah, that kind of stuff I'm prepared for. We spent about $25 on school supplies, and I'll pack DS's snack every day, but obviously that's a cost I'm expecting and feel I am responsible for anyway.

Is this the kind of stuff people are talking about when they reference "fees"?
oh, yeah, and I included the school supplies because it was an actual fee that we paid to the teacher
but other than that, I pay for lunches and the snack fee I mentioned. Registration fees seem crazy to me for public schools.
 

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We had a registration fee of $100, and a textbook rental fee of $18. Add to that over $50 of school supplies (kleenex, pencils, erasers, etc), and it really adds up. I'm grateful that I only have one child in public schools.
What happens if you can't pay it? Are your children denied an education?
 

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My daughter's kindergarten fees for textbook rental this year was $101. I applied for textbook assistance through the school (which is through the state, I believe) and they waived all of the fee except for $4.95. She also qualified for free lunches.

My son's preschool fee is $50.
 

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What happens if you can't pay it? Are your children denied an education?
No, but you do have to provide proof of hardship in order to qualify for free or reduced fees -- just like lunches. In fact, I think it's the same paperwork, but I'm not positive of that. You can set up a payment schedule, and I think there's a maximum cap for families with multiple children in the system. I don't know what they'd do if you just didn't pay it at all.
 

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No, but you do have to provide proof of hardship in order to qualify for free or reduced fees -- just like lunches. In fact, I think it's the same paperwork, but I'm not positive of that. You can set up a payment schedule, and I think there's a maximum cap for families with multiple children in the system. I don't know what they'd do if you just didn't pay it at all.
I frequently see our school corporation suing parents for school fees at the end of the school year in the town newspaper. I'm assuming thats how they end up getting their money.
 

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I'm in the suburbs of Chicago and I just paid $76 to register my dd for 1st grade. That was just to get her enrolled.
I know at the h.s the parents have to pay registration and also for the books. It adds up to about $300 every year....then after paying for those textbooks they have to return them at the end of the year or the parents are charged again.
 

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There was a really good thread about this a while back in Learning at School - you should search for it.

That thread made me realize how NUTS our school fees are. We register in the spring and I pay aprox $250 for one child, first grade. That includes all school supplies (which are bought by the school), classroom fund, field trips - pretty much everything except for lunch money and little extras. Also includes PTA membership with is pushed on you because they've had 100% parent participation since the dawn of time.

I did recently learn that a friend of mine who's child goes to the same school was unable to pay, and they let her register and make payments all summer long. Not sure what they do though if people simply can't come up with it. FWIW, we live in an affluent area where the majority of people don't have a problem paying that fee.
 

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I think there were some fees when I was in high school? I have this vague memory of text book deposits (that we got back at the end of the year if we turned them all in and they were in good condition)? And maybe some other fees? If so they were pretty minimal and my parents were solidly middle class so they wouldn't have been an issue for us. Oh, and I graduated in 1988.

No fees for DS for K this year. And the supply list was, "backback and one folder." Which really surprised me as I was expecting a lot more. So I bought a $20 Office Max gift card for his K teacher and brought her a box of kleenex for the classroom because I'm sure she's shelling out for extra glue sticks and stuff.

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