Letter: Calling BS on school fees

Editor,

This issue has been bothering me for such a long time I thought it at least deserves a letter. This is not just for me but for all the families struggling out there who are too embarrassed to say anything.

Why are families still being asked to pay school fees in B.C.? Public schools are supposed to be free, however year after year I keep getting billed. The schools claim that their budget doesn’t cover all expenses but I call B.S. on this. After learning that our school district has had a surplus of funds in the millions, and continues to year after year, how can there not be enough?

I remember not so long ago a BC family took this issue to court and won. That year I was given a cheque from the school in the amount that I had paid in school fees. The following year and every year since we were all given bills for school fees once again. Why? And don’t say you don’t have the money!

Corrine Rouleau

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