Dismiss Student Activity Fee
Dismiss Student Activity Fee
Due to the current pandemic we are facing, many students and families are encountering rough times financially. Parents and guardians are losing their jobs as they are trying to make ends meet to live comfortably in this new “normality”. It is extremely absurd for students to pay a high demand for a $350 fee during financially unstable times. This is unacceptable. Me, Quin Pizarro along with many other students attending High Tech High School and County Prep High School feel the same animosity towards this preposterous situation. As freshmen, we paid a fee of $300 or more. The fee was to include our laptops, and other basic necessities to shape our school experience. As an incoming senior, it is extremely unfair to pay a due of $350, and for what exactly? High Tech High school built a brand new building totaling to $160,000,000. If there was no money within the schools there should be no reason to purchase a $160 million dollar school and demand the students for their money.
Within the email, it states this money will be used for “Educational Field Trips”, “Transportation”, “Guest Speakers”, “After School Activities”, “Structured Learning Experiences”. I will tackle each of these subjects one by one. My entire 3 years in this highschool, 540 different days, I have only been on 1 field trip. Out of my 540 days, I was only presented 1 opportunity from the school to attend this field trip and during the trip, the students along with myself had to pay dues of $17 for my movie ticket, and food. Aside from that, we were also charged $5 for transportation even though the movie theater is located in Secaucus as is the school. We attended a history documentary that was beneficial to my learning experience. So, if we are paying for “Educational Field Trips” where is our money really going due to the fact we are paying for our own trips?
These 2 high schools are BOTH public county schools. Students all over the entire county attend both schools. This should not be in our budget to pay fees for living far away. This is something that should be covered by the district. You guys chose US to attend YOUR schools in conjunction to us choosing you, and this was not what we signed up for. We should not be paying a fee for transportation. And what about the students with cars? Or Who walks to school? Or who has parents to drive them every single day? Not everybody uses the school buses to get to and from school, making it impractical to deduct money for this cause. This money should be deducted from the Board of Education, but this is simply not our fault. If you have to support bus services this was something you should have thought before making a school designated to the county.
Within the email, it states “structured Learning Experiences”. I would like to ask you… what learning experiences? These are Technology based schools therefore I have never taken a textbook home since 8th grade. The students are mandated to use online learning. There are no personal textbooks to help enhance student learning.
We are told part of the money will be used for “afterschool activities”. Personally, I take part in 0 after school activities. So I would be funding programs I am not involved in? As a culinary major, for funding, we host bake sales and raise our own money. Drama majors along with dancers and singers host shows, after school where they raise their own money. Many other academies inside of the school raise their own money. Why do you need all of our money to fund your programs most of us are not involved in?
Due to being a senior, we already are required to pay and fund our senior experiences out of our own pockets which is reasonable. Cap and Gown, Graduation Pictures, Yearbooks, Prom, Class rings are some dues which we have to pay, now on top of $350.