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State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Local School Boards and School Divisions [8 VAC 20 ‑ 720]
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7/8/08  1:31 pm
Commenter: Margaret Cox, UVA student

Please revise the school fee regulations!

Please revise the regulations on school fees to ensure that the public school system is not placing a burden on low-income families. 

Income is already a huge determining factor in a student's success, and the achievement gap between high- and low-income students is increasing. Please do not worsen it by excluding children from field trips or extracurricular activities when their parents cannot shoulder the additional burden. Public education is a right. If these activities are important enough to merit spending money on them, then we should be creative enough to find waiver programs to include everyone. 

Please ensure that waivers are available and easily accessible for low-income families. 

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this matter and for your thoughtful consideration of the best interests of our children. 

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