Recently, the Wall Street Journal published this article discussing how public schools across the country are starting to charge for classes, sports, and extracurriculars. I know that this practice isn't a new one -- some schools have charged for their sports and extracurriculars all along. Increasingly smaller budgets makes it impossible for schools to offer various programs and activities for free -- the rationale is if the school charges a fee for it, it frees up money to be spent elsewhere.
If the fees were only for sports or extracurriculars, I probably would not have as big of a problem with this idea, so long as accommodations were made for low-income students who wanted to participate. This isn't the case, though. Many schools are charging for academics -- and some of those schools do not offer any financial help in the process. For example, "