I am in favor of revising DOE regulations in a way that will achieve a truly free education for Virginia students in all public schools, as guaranteed by our Constitution. Currently, as you know, a variety of fees are charged to students in school districts across the state. Many of the fees, in my opinion, are nothing more than tuition for Virginia students attending public schools. Even when the individual fees are nominal, they add up, creating financial hardship for large families and the poor. If the costs are legitimately needed to provide a public education for our children, then the costs should be addressed by the general assembly and not levied on students and their parents.
Thank you for your consideration.