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    legaladvice1960 is offline Junior Member
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    Can a public school charge a student to park?

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Illinois Is it legal for a public school to charge my child to park? I am a tax payer and this is a public school/parking lot. The school tacked on a fee for him to park in the lot. Do I have to pay it?
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    No...You do not have to pay it. Sonny can take the bus to school.
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    Parking in the lot is not a right. Reasonable fees can be charged. Now that I think about it, the fees don't even have to be reasonable.
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    Getting to school while driving one's own car is a PRIVILEGE. You can also get to school by bus, train, walking, being dropped off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by legaladvice1960 View Post
    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Illinois Is it legal for a public school to charge my child to park? I am a tax payer and this is a public school/parking lot. The school tacked on a fee for him to park in the lot. Do I have to pay it?
    When my kids were in high school a few years ago, there were not enough spaces for all the kids who wanted one. To solve the problem, the school had a lottery every year to determine which students would have the privilege of paying for a parking space. Of course, many were ultimately denied. From this perspective, your son is lucky!

    Now that my kids are in college at public universities in Illinois, they have to pay to park in university lots or on campus streets. Might as well get used to it.
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    You pay to park in a public lot, don't you? Why should parking at the lot of a public school be any different?
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    excellent responses by baystate and cbg.
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    I think they should put dime boxes on toilet stalls again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallrat View Post
    I think they should put dime boxes on toilet stalls again.
    Funny.

    A hijack.

    But funny.

    There are two rules for success:

    (1) Never tell everything you know.
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    If it's a public parking lot, I guess that means you can go park your car there for free too!

    All something being "public" means is that you have access to it. This doesn't mean it has to be free. Otherwise all pay parking lots would be illegal, all road tolls, San Francisco would owe over a zillion dollars in refunds for the Golden Gate Bridge's toll, etc.. You pay for the right to drive a car on a public road when you pay for your registration. Sometimes the upkeep of public property is assessed to those who actually use it rather than making everyone pay for everything they don't use.

    Oh, and if the school is a public building, then I guess the theater should be free for anyone to use, as should the gym if someone wants to have a weekend kegger!! Amirite?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ariastar View Post
    Oh, and if the school is a public building, then I guess the theater should be free for anyone to use, as should the gym if someone wants to have a weekend kegger!! Amirite?
    Apples and oranges... apples and oranges, even if your post did make sense, Gyms and Theaters are not publicly funded, they are private businesses. See why you should keep your posts to a minimum?


    Oh... and yes, you do have to pay for parking at the school if they want you to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CourtClerk View Post
    Apples and oranges... apples and oranges, even if your post did make sense, Gyms and Theaters are not publicly funded, they are private businesses. See why you should keep your posts to a minimum?


    Oh... and yes, you do have to pay for parking at the school if they want you to.
    I suspect she means the school auditorium and school gym.
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    Think about it more this way, your son pays to park in the parking lot, he'll feel more secure knowing his car is within reach and most likely safer than parked further away. While paying he is also giving back to the school that is providing him with an education to excel in life.

    Public schools do not survive on tax-dollars alone.

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