Schools & Money

I’m venting. I’m venting here because I don’t want to vent to my neighborhood and start something. So, here I go… We send our kids to school to learn. We entrust them to teachers. And we do pay. When we buy a home, we pay school taxes. In fact, I pay up the nose in school taxes.

We pay for school supplies. I don’t mind paying it. Although, I would like to know who compiles this list – this list of supplies that our children need. I prepaid for my middle schoolers supplies this year and she didn’t use all of it. Not only was 1/4 of that box left over, but the teachers wanted other things! Specific color folders, binders, assignment books, and don’t forget to add in what the electives need – orchestra supplies, sewing supplies… UGH!

If that wasn’t enough, we are asked at the beginning of the school year for just about everything. School lunch money – not a big deal – I put so much in my children’s accounts so they can get lunch once a week. I think it’s neat how they have an online website where I can see what my girls are eating and how much money is left. I can deal with that one.

But, then there is PTO – this is something I wouldn’t join except that is the ONLY way to get a student directory. School spirit shirts. This isn’t something that is required, however most of the school has them and I don’t want my kids to feel left out every Friday when it’s spirit day. So, I buy the overpriced shirts.

Take a deep breath, that surely has to be it, right? Right? Noooooo. My 7th grader needs a gym uniform! Why is it that they can’t change into shorts and a t-shirt like we did in school? I need to spend $25 on a uniform? And NO, it can’t be the same one from last year!

School officially starts – oh, did I not mention that this was all stuff that needed to be purchased BEFORE school even begins – and YEARBOOK forms go out!!!!!!!! Yes, lets order a $40 yearbook in September! Don’t forget the extra money to have their name engraved!!!

My 7th grader decides to join cross country and all of a sudden I NEED to buy her a t-shirt and a jacket. Wonderful. Then this week, the elementary school wants money for Field Day shirts. Um… Field Day isn’t until SPRING!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t forget to buy from the Scholastic book paper! The schools need books, ya know. And picture day! Spend $50 on a picture package you can’t see before paying for it. We skipped that. We’ll do holiday pictures instead.

So, what set me off now? Why am I venting now? This music thing came up at school, the teachers are playing music in the classrooms and some of it’s not appropriate. The neighborhood is in an uproar. But, the people who are close to the teachers defend them by saying “Well, if you don’t like it, then you need to provide the money for the CDs we should be playing your children.” Um… what???????????????????????? (This topic is a whole other post)

I realize that teachers don’t make a lot of money. I realize that the schools don’t give them money to decorate or buy things for their classroom. But, I take a mean approach. If you don’t have the money to provide what your classroom needs, don’t be a teacher. I was in elementary education when I was in college. I knew what I was getting into. I knew I’d need my own money. And after completing 3 years, I decided that’s not what I wanted to do with my life. Maybe I’m a horrible person for saying that. I don’t think it should be MY responsibility to provide the teachers with extra stuff or CDs. I pay more than enough in taxes that the teachers should get some money to help them.

My 1st grader’s teacher is brand spanking new and her wish list was LONG. I actually don’t like any of my daughters being in a brand new room because they don’t get what the other kids get. The kids who have teachers who have been teachers more than a month actually have more toys, more supplies, on top of the experience the teacher has.

I wish I could homeschool. I wish I had the patience and the  knowledge to homeschool my girls. In fact, I came up with my own great plan 🙂 I think if you are going to homeschool your child, you shouldn’t have to pay school taxes. I could use the thousands of dollars I pay in taxes and all the money I’d save not having to pay for PTO, t-shirts, wish lists, etc. for the supplies needed to homeschool and have enough to hire a tutor for the things I can’t teach!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I’m overprotective.

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