1. The General Assembly will provide for quality public elementary and secondary education.
2. Attendance is compulsory.
3. Local schools are governed by local boards.
4. The schools are free.
For our purposes today that’s the important stuff, especially the part about free.
It’s interesting in light of a postcard, from Patrick Henry High School, that arrived at our home at the end of June. It advised of orientation for parents of new students — my son enters ninth grade there in August.
Prominently situated on the card’s left side were these lines:
*Underclass Dues $30 (required)
*Senior Class Dues $50 (required)
Then on the right it listed a bunch of “optional” fees for things like student parking. It helpfully noted: “Class schedules may be picked up when paying fees!” It was signed Connie Ratcliffe, principal.
My son Zach picked up his class schedule July 16, forked over his $30 in “required” dues, and got a receipt. And that made me wonder:
How much are the dues at other public schools that are supposed to be free?
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