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Since I didn't see a forum dealing with education matters, I figured this would be the next best place to address the issue.

I have three nephews that attend public school in the Shawnee-Mission School District of Dawson County, KS. One is in elementary school & two are in middle school, however one of the middle schoolers will be attending high school in the fall.

My sister has told me that in order for her children to attend PUBLIC school, she must pay registration fees. For the middle-schoolers, that fee is between $75 & $80 per child; high school is around $130. She also told me that she has a bulletin from the middle school stating, in writing, that if said fees are NOT paid by the first day of school, that the child will NOT be allowed to attend until the fees are paid. As a side note, these fees do not cover school supplies.

So, my question is an obvious one...how can it be legal for any public school to charge registration fees? Everyone in that county already pays school taxes, quite high, as I understand. How can it possibly be legal for a school to deny a child a public education?

I look forward to some feedback.



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