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    Filed at 8:57 pm under by dcobranchi

    A school district in Detroit tried to pull a fast one. They instituted a $35 fee for extracurriculars. Only problem was they made it mandatory for all students, regardless if they were participating. Smells a whole lot like tuition, eh? The state thought so, too, and declared the fee a violation of state law. The district got its wrists slapped and has to make it clear that the fee is optional. This might take some doing because the parents there don’t seem too bright:

    Bob Toronto of Rochester Hills refused to pay the fee.

    “It’s totally unfair and unjustifiable as far as the requirement that all students and parents pay the $35 dollars, whether you’re participating in an extra curricular activity or not.”

    He sent a note with his 17-year-old daughter Kristina Toronto when she registered for her senior year Tuesday morning at Avondale High School detailing his family’s opinion.

    “Public education shouldn’t cost anything,” he said.

    4 Responses to “FREE EDUCATION”


    Comment by
    Stephanie Herman
    August 15th, 2003
    at 12:07 am

    :::::”Public education shouldn’t cost anything,” he said.:::::

    Well, I’m sure he’ll get what he pays for. 🙂


    Comment by
    Richard Rybarczyk
    August 15th, 2003
    at 10:29 am

    I took his comment to mean: “I already pay thousands of dollars in taxes to the school district, they shouldn’t nickel and dime me on top of that.”


    Comment by
    Stephanie Herman
    August 15th, 2003
    at 12:18 pm

    You’re right, Richard. I incorrectly read his comment: that government-funded programs, like education, are “free” because people ignore where the funding actually comes from. I’m sure you’re right — just the cynic in me. 🙂


    Comment by
    Chris
    August 15th, 2003
    at 12:42 pm

    I bet if we asked that guy how much he paid in taxes last year, he would claim nothing – he actually got a refund 🙂