Aug 19, 2019
Public high schools in Harford County, Maryland, near Baltimore, charge thousands of students 100 dollars for playing a varsity or junior varsity sport or acting in the drama club. This fee hits working class families the hardest, and comes on top of all the other expenses public school parents face.
The district insists it needs the half a million dollars the fee collects – but the schools only lack money because the county gives big tax breaks to big businesses! The “enterprise zone” property tax credit alone slices more than a million dollars from county revenues, for the benefit of dozens of companies like Frito Lay.
This playbook has to go!