As a parent as well as professional working in the Social Services field, I believe school fees, in certain cases discriminate. It is a minor financial drain on my family when fees for materials or activities are requested by my son's school. For low income families, it is either impossible or a serious drain on already stressed financial situations. The children whose families can't afford these fees suffer by not attending trips etc. or by other children picking up on the difficulty and the child being embarassed or even ostracized. Please consider that every child in Virginia is entitled to a "Free and Public Education". Let's see this in practice as well as on paper.