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    Default Do you think public school fees should be means tested?



    I was at a clients house tonight and she was making a joke of how cheap her youngest child's public primary school fees are ($180 a year if you pay it) now they are quite well off ( own 2 properties, both work older kids at private high schools) obviously I don't know their actual finances but they are selling their home to upgrade to a more expensive one in the area so I'm assuming things are going ok - but should those that can afford it pay more to help the public system? ( or maybe a levy like Medicare?)
    she then hit me up for sponsorship as the school needs new play equipment 😳

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    No. All the more reason for people to forgoe the public system.

    I think basic systems and services should be funded by the government and completely free for all. I'm all for more of a contribution to pay for them, but I think that ought to be through the tax system and not a levy or fee for a specific service.

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    As PP above said, I think essential services (education, healthcare) should be free for everyone regardless of income. If more funding is needed for such services then taxes should be increased (which would likely mean that higher income earners pay most of the services anyway).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renn View Post
    No. All the more reason for people to forgoe the public system.

    I think basic systems and services should be funded by the government and completely free for all. I'm all for more of a contribution to pay for them, but I think that ought to be through the tax system and not a levy or fee for a specific service.
    Agree.

    I absolutely love our state school. It will cost $250 this year for one child. That's for everything excursions, government levy etc except the uniform.

    I realise it's cheap but so it should be.

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    No. Public school fees are voluntary.

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    Our public school fees this year for two primary kids without the voluntary contributions were $910, with the requested voluntary $1500. We can't afford private school for two even though we live somewhere nice and rely on access to public schools. People's finances aren't always what they seem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    No. Public school fees are voluntary.
    Not always. My understanding is that they are compulsory in SA and unpaid fees are sent to debt collectors.

    In highschool, (mine anyway), non payment of fees and levies results in the child being excluded from camps and social activities.

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    Being higher wage earners, we pay an absolute ton in taxes each year so expect public education to be provided to all equally.

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    No, I dont think so. Higher income earners would generally pay more tax anyway, which goes towards public education.

    We are a single income family, & are considered low income. I choose to send my kids to a low-fee private school & it is my decision to send them there regardless of our income. I think public schooling is an equally valid choice for a high income earner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    Not always. My understanding is that they are compulsory in SA and unpaid fees are sent to debt collectors.

    In highschool, (mine anyway), non payment of fees and levies results in the child being excluded from camps and social activities.
    In nsw they are voluntary.


 

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