Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Public School Board Punishes Parents Again

Tired of paying more and more taxes for lousy education for your kids? Well, if you have children in the Calgary Public School System you can count on spending even more money in taxes (they call them fees but we all know what they are) in the 2005 school year.

Public schools are implementing tax increases on busing and lunch programs for parents who don't have any choice but to bus kids to schools that are non-existent in their neighbourhoods. And for some parents, they get hit twice because their schools are being closed and they will now be forced to pay for bus and lunch taxes in order for their kid to have the priviledge of an education in the public system (which pumped out 49% of high school illiterates last year).

The PPE (Parents for Public Education) is a group that is convinced that these taxes are against the School Charter and that school boards are illegally forcing parents to pay these fees (taxes). The PPE has been advocating the Klein gov't for removal of these taxes for the past 4 years. Response from gov't? Delay - delay - delay.

So the group advocates that parents not pay the fees. Guess what happens then? They send your file to a collection agency who hounds you and posts a bad rating on your credit history which prevents you from obtaining mortgages, cars and anything else you need credit for. This forces most parents to pay the fees (coerced into paying) because they require the positive credit history.

This is another black stain against King Ralph and his gov'ts treatment of middle class serfs who are slowly being taxed into poverty.

If you are interested in more information on the PPE you can contact Dennis Locking who is the local coordinator, at dlocking@shaw.ca.

2 Comments:

At Mon Jun 20, 01:36:00 AM MDT, Blogger Candace said...

In Edmonton you pay extra for bussing from out of boundary (which is common, as Edmonton has an open-boundary policy of "pick the school that meets your child's needs", but I think only $15-20/mo if you are in the boundary but more than (some distance or other) away (cheaper than transit passes).

The lunch fee is to pay the outside supervisors, so the teacher's can have their lunch break. Which I can't say I argue with.

Interestingly, I had my daughter in an arts-focused school in Cgy with WAY higher fees than the way-more-arts-focused school here. I think, before lunch fees of... $10/mo? I forked out a whole $88 for the year (except for field trips).

I'd never thought of those as "taxes" but, ya know, hmmmmmm

 
At Mon Jun 20, 08:40:00 AM MDT, Blogger Aizlynne said...

But unfortunately that is exactly what they are. If it isn't covered by the gov't budget (ie taxes taken from your paycheque) then you pay them additionally. They may call them fees, but anyone who stops and thinks about it will realize it is just another form of taxation, just extracted directly from the source instead of the gov't.

This year, I will pay over $300 just for general school fees. This does not pay for the extra resource fee you pay for your kids options, nor bussing or lunching issues.

If you recall, the supervisor's for the lunch program, at least in Calgary, were done willingly by volunteer parents. It wasn't until the teachers union complained that it was taking away a job from a union employee that the program then became taxed. BS in my opinion.

 

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