By Joy Lynn Clark
The State of Illinois still has no budget. Chicago Public Schools are threatening layoffs. There’s talk of cutting pensions . . . yada yada yada.
Obviously, all of this truly sucks.
When I first moved to Chicago, I enrolled my son in public school. I am very low income. I had to provide some information but, the school fee was waived. I was floored.
Let me repeat, I am low-income (I am probably in the bottom 10% ). However, in the school district I came from that did not save me from the $290.00 school fee at all whatsoever. And it hurt – a lot. On the other hand, I was totally confident that my son was getting a great education and it was worth it. $290 is much less than private school tuition.
In addition, there are many parents in the city with school-age children that are not property owners. Why not make every parent contribute?
Chicago, get a freaking school fee. (But please let us know many months in advance like, next month or something).
Don’t even take a vote, just do it.