Here is the much anticipated third annual list of high school curricular fees for Montgomery County Public School students.
I'd like to credit Montgomery County Public School staff who compiled this list. All I did was file a request under the Maryland Public Information Act. This is a prime example of your tax dollars at work.
If you thought MoCo students are entitled to a free public education under the Maryland Constitution and state laws, you are right. Dr. Weast and the folks at Carver somehow missed that class, and continue to charge to attend MoCo schools.
The good news is that compared to the 2008-2009 list, MCPS is now charging less to attend public high schools.
More good news - If you student attends Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, your student will receive a terrific education AND attend the school with the shortest list of school fees. Thank you Mr. Williams and staff! Quince Orchard and Seneca Valley also deserve recognition for coming in close behind Blair HS in limiting the number of classes with fees.
As you read the list, I am including the following from Mr. Dana Tofig, ever the faithful MCPS employee, who is the final gatekeeper of all public documents and who graciously handled my request for corrected documents last night at 5 pm. From Mr. Tofig's cover letter accompanying the MPIA:
. . . the inability of a student to pay for materials and other expenses does not prevent a student from taking a particular class.
What does this mean?
As this writer has stated before, these fees are not mandatory. Maryland law guarantees a free public education. Should your family elect to pay, go ahead and make a contribution to the school. Keep in mind - this is a contribution, not a mandatory assessment. You child will not have his/her report card withheld. Your child will still have his/her transcripts prepared, and be able to attend graduation.
And now get your checkbooks out - here is the list.
MCPS 2010 2011_fees High School