I should really get the cash out and pay DS1's don't know why they don't do eftpos!
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26-02-2012 22:17 #91
26-02-2012 22:18 #92
So the amount of tax we pay does have a bearing, as it determines the size of the pool that education can draw from. The amount of tax we pay can also colour our view of what we feel we're entitled to; pay the tax, reap the rewards of "free" education, health etc.
I don't think anyone was suggesting that it you pay more tax you should be personally entitled to more from your education.
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26-02-2012 22:24 #93
Maybe I read it wrong but someone said they pay lots of tax therefore it should be free? It should be free for everyone
26-02-2012 22:26 #94
26-02-2012 22:27 #95
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26-02-2012 22:50 #96
26-02-2012 23:26 #97
i've always* paid the voluntary fees at my son's public school. i know some parents there can't afford it and it doesn't bother me. i know some parents can afford it but choose not to and it doesn't bother me either.
*having said that, there are a LOT of parents this year choosing NOT to pay fees, as we are not happy with the principal. since getting the boot from his previous school, he has been running our school into the ground. hence parents are pulling children out, not paying voluntary fees and lodging a petition with the education dept. so far this year, i have not paid.
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I think it's ok the way it is now, if you can/want to pay- do so, if you can't, don't. I do expect eduction should be free, as share-a-book said, you can't make attendance compulsory if fees are compulsory because not everyone can pay them. However I think it's good if parents can CHOOSE to contribute financially because it benefits the school. I Think it's sad we need to tho.
At my kids' school our fees were almost $700 each child, and that's not including the $300 camp for our grade 4 child. This is the local public school. It has an ok reputation but by no means a great one, they struggle to fill enrolments each year. The other public primary school in the next Suburb with twice as many students has an amazing reputation and the fees are $200 a year. I assume they get more funding due to more students?
I am happy to pay while we can but I'll have 5 kids at school in 5 years and we won't be able to afford that.
27-02-2012 05:27 #100
Children shouldn't miss out no matter what.
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