Support for a more gradual and fair tuition increase for the SHA 2017-18 school year
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As a Catholic family with four children, we moved to Winchester to be able to afford a Catholic education for them. We felt it was important for those values and virtues to be instilled everyday and not just when they are at home with us. We wanted prayer and religious studies to be a part of their daily lives and hoped Sacred Heart Academy could fulfill that wish. We live on one income because we still have little ones being raised in the home. I commute an hour each direction so that we can afford a house big enough for our family, save money for vacations, and provide our children the opportunity for extracurricular activities, all while paying for a Catholic education. We are being asked to make a substantial increase to our tuition for next year so that we can get "in line" with the rest of the Diocese of Arlington. Over half of the schools in the diocese have a median income in the six-figures. We didn't move to Winchester where the median income is $44,787 a year so that we could pay the same in tuition as a Catholic school in McLean where the median income is $185,806. We also never expected to be penalized for having more children. Large families are the Catholic way of life and raising the tuition of a family of four a higher percentage than a family of one does not make sense. Please consider supporting our petition to have Susan Parks and the Diocese of Arlington adjust the amount of the tuition increase for the 2017-18 school year, as well as reevaluating the fairness of penalizing families with more children by increasing their tuition an even larger amount.
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