At the start of each trimester my children have literature sent home from school with the class syllabus and inevitably there are some fees to be sent in.
I always pay these "lab fees." This time however there is a box to check "I am unable to pay the lab fee" rather than the usual "please send me a private note if you are unable to pay the lab fee."
It's just right out there, the "I'm not going to pay" option.
I was briefly torn about this. I can afford to pay for my children and believe that it's my responsibility to do so. On the other hand I know that other parents simply choose to save their $20 and check the "I'm not paying box." Am I supposed to believe that some illegal alien family is going to give up some of their ill-gotten money voluntarily?
I also know that if the school would fire their "homeless liaison" or stop giving "free" lunches to illegal alien students then they money would already exist to cover the lab expenditures. This is just another way for them to suck out money from taxpayers.
In the end I wrote a check for $20. My feeling of personal responsibility hasn't been overtaken by my disgust with government... at least not this school year.