Public School Isn't Free

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When the cashier rang me up and I saw $75 pop up on the register, I had to catch my breath. I was trying to do my part: in my son's kindergarten class, each family has been asked to provide snacks for the entire class for a week. So 21 kids, close to a buck a kid, times five days, and you figure, maybe I made out cheap!


The reality is, public school often costs. Trips, snacks, projects etc. I thought a lot about this when an anonymous mom asked, "Would you be upset if a teacher asked you to provide expensive items for a class project?" She simply can't afford what the teacher is asking for.

We all know that funds for public schools are drying up and that schools need as much help as they can get. But how much is too much when it comes to what individual families should be asked to do?

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