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Boy charged with felony for carrying sugar
suntimes ^ | February 11, 2006

Posted on 02/11/2006 4:11:34 PM PST by Revel

Boy charged with felony for carrying sugar

BY JUSTINA WANG A 12-year-old Aurora boy who said he brought powdered sugar to school for a science project this week has been charged with a felony for possessing a look-alike drug, Aurora police have confirmed.

The sixth-grade student at Waldo Middle School was also suspended for two weeks from school after showing the bag of powdered sugar to his friends.

The boy, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, said he brought the bag to school to ask his science teacher if he could run an experiment using sugar.

Two other boys asked if the bag contained cocaine after he showed it to them in the bathroom Wednesday morning, the boy's mother said.

He joked that it was cocaine, before telling them, "just kidding," she said.

Aurora police arrested the boy after a custodian at the school reported the boy's comments. The youngster was taken to the police station and detained, before being released to his parents that afternoon.

"This is getting ridiculous," said the boy's mother. "They treated my son like a criminal. .. . This is no way to treat a 12-year-old kid."

East Aurora School District officials declined to comment on the case, citing privacy issues.

The district issued a written statement, which said: "The dangers of illegal drugs and controlled substances are clear.

Could get probation "Look-alike drugs and substances can cause that same level of danger because staff and students are not equipped to differentiate between the two."

The school handbook states that students can be suspended or expelled for carrying a look-alike drug.

Penalties for juveniles are decided on a case-by-case basis, but if convicted, the sixth-grader could likely face up to five years' probation, said Jeffery Jefko, deputy director of Kane County juvenile court services.

Juveniles who have prior criminal records could also be placed in a residential treatment program if convicted, he said.

Aurora Beacon-News


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To: elkfersupper
But at least you have the comfort of knowing that your complete surrender of liberty helped keep someone from getting high.

Oh, wait. No it didn't. The drug manufacturer just stopped buying ephedrine at CVS and got a lot more of it for a lot cheaper off of the internet. Well, at least you have the comfort of knowing the junkie got his drugs for a lot less because of your complete surrender of liberty.

Seriously, though, I understand your frustration. I have chronic sinus problems, and I had to sign up for their little watchlist, too.
101 posted on 02/11/2006 6:46:38 PM PST by mysterio
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To: Revel

Like any huge organization, public schools are no longer run by people. Staff at any level do not act like people or use judgement, they are "administrators" and their job is to impersonally administrate a rulebook hammered out by activist committees in the state capitol or Washington.

As this kid just found out, rulebooks have no flexibility, no sense of humor, and no proportion. As these news stories have shown again and again, they can't differentiate a fishstick from a handgun, an aspirin from a vicodin, or now a bag of sweetener from cocaine.

Yeah it's crazy. Public schools are an increasingly homogenous 560 billion dollar a year industry. All you can do is try to keep your kids the h*ll away from them.


102 posted on 02/11/2006 6:49:58 PM PST by CGTRWK
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To: SoftballMominVA

I love you.


103 posted on 02/11/2006 6:53:51 PM PST by null and void (<---- Aged to perfection, and beyond...)
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To: drhogan
he left to accompany the police on a major bust of a donut shop

You forgot to call police officers Nazis and statists. You're slipping.

104 posted on 02/11/2006 6:54:53 PM PST by Mojave
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To: muawiyah
We are truly in trouble if our teachers and school administrators are too stupid to tell the difference between cocaine and sugar.

No kidding. Sugar always makes me sneeze.

Sometimes I wonder if they really are that stupid. Maybe there's some kind of agenda to let parents know that they can be nailed no matter how innocuous their kid's behavior, they can nail them if they want to. On the other hand, never use a conspiricy theory when the possibility of stupid exists.


105 posted on 02/11/2006 6:57:03 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: null and void

**snicker** Wanna come be my principal? She will never forgive me for that remark. Not that I care over much. :)


106 posted on 02/11/2006 6:59:22 PM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: SoftballMominVA

Nahhh. I'd kill the little darlings after the first week or two...


107 posted on 02/11/2006 7:02:33 PM PST by null and void (<---- Aged to perfection, and beyond...)
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To: ICE-FLYER
God bless the fact we home school. This is just one more example of why the state has no business having such control over the lives of our children and us as citizens when they lack such basic common sense ( ICE-FLYER)

ICE-FLYER,

Let's examine the "power" that government schools have over our lives:

1) If you do not cooperate with government school bureaucrats, they will eventually send out armed police, court orders, and social workers threatening to put a child in foster care. ( real bullets in those guns on the hip)

2) If a business owner, landlord, or home owner does not willing hand over very big bucks to fund this monstrosity, the government WILL sell your home and/or business at a sheriff's auction. ( Again real bullets in those guns on the hip.)

3) We are now a nation of "renters" with the government as the landlord. Fail to pay our property taxes ( government rent) and we are evicted. Silly us! We think we "own" our property.

4) Once a child is in the government school they will be indoctrinated in the political, cultural,and the morals, values and ethics ( ie. the religious worldview) of the biggest political bullies. ( We're supposed to be protected from the government establishment of religion.)

4) Boys will be emasculated and the girls get to watch.

5) Government school taxes and expenses are dragging down our economy and making our American made goods uncompetitive abroad. ( And,,,,the Dems wonder why jobs are going off shore.)

This is only a short list of the power of the government school tyranny over our lives.
108 posted on 02/11/2006 7:03:33 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime
Many of the things you mention have NO connection to the public schools.

But that aside, how would you fix the problems we face today?

109 posted on 02/11/2006 7:06:35 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: CGTRWK
Yeah it's crazy. Public schools are an increasingly homogenous 560 billion dollar a year industry. All you can do is try to keep your kids the h*ll away from them. CGTRWK

CGTRWK,

Ike Eisenhower coined the phrase "Military Industrial Complex."

I call the government schools "The Education Industrial Complex". In the county in which I formerly lived in Maryland, the government schools were the largest employer in the county. Do you think you will ever see vouchers or tax credits in that county? Fat chance!
110 posted on 02/11/2006 7:07:46 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Revel
This falls under the statute of "look-alike" drugs because that is how he presented it to his friends. Had he showed the sugar to his friends and said "this is sugar for a Science experiment" there would have been no punishment.

The title is misleading. He was in trouble not for bringing sugar, but for bringing a product and claiming it was a drug. The "just kidding" comment does not erase the claims he made.

111 posted on 02/11/2006 7:09:11 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: Mojave
You forgot to call police officers Nazis and statists. You're slipping. Mojave

Mojave,

The police in my city wear brown shirts. They are the same police that enforce compulsory attendance at our government indoctrination camps. ( mistakenly called "schools")
112 posted on 02/11/2006 7:11:07 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime

Uhmm, didn't you say in an earlier post that you home-school? It doesnt' sound like attendance at a public school is compulsory in your area. Which is it?


113 posted on 02/11/2006 7:12:23 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: Thoeting
But that aside, how would you fix the problems we face today? ( Thoeting)

Get rid of government indoctrination camps ( mis-named "schools") Privatize universal K-12 education.
114 posted on 02/11/2006 7:12:55 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Mojave
Yes!! You showed up! Come on, please defend the school tossing the kid in the longbar hotel for possession of sugar. I need another giggle.
115 posted on 02/11/2006 7:13:20 PM PST by mysterio
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To: wintertime

How?


116 posted on 02/11/2006 7:14:02 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: Thoeting; wintertime

If I may?

VOUCHERS


117 posted on 02/11/2006 7:15:01 PM PST by null and void (<---- Aged to perfection, and beyond...)
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To: muawiyah
We are truly in trouble if our teachers and school administrators are too stupid to tell the difference between cocaine and sugar.

I'm sure that the major problem here is that many of them were disappointed when they found out that they had snorted sugar.

118 posted on 02/11/2006 7:15:19 PM PST by FreePaul
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To: Thoeting
Uhmm, didn't you say in an earlier post that you home-school? It doesnt' sound like attendance at a public school is compulsory in your area. Which is it? ( Thoeting)

We were a homeschooling family. My children are all grown now.

We had to report to the government school bureaucrats. If we didn't cooperate with them down to every dotted "i" and crossed "t" we were very well aware that government police we fully ready to enforce the government school will.

Reporting to a private school was not an option offered to county homeschoolers by the government brown shirts .
119 posted on 02/11/2006 7:18:27 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime
compulsory attendance at our government indoctrination camps

Now that's the kinda lunatic rhetoric I'm talking about.

120 posted on 02/11/2006 7:19:00 PM PST by Mojave
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To: FreePaul

ROTFLMAOPMP ~ no doubt!


121 posted on 02/11/2006 7:19:09 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: null and void

VOUCHERS

Null and void,

Tax credits would be better.


122 posted on 02/11/2006 7:20:30 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: mysterio
I need another giggle.

That should be enough for a "medical marijuana" recommendation.

123 posted on 02/11/2006 7:20:34 PM PST by Mojave
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To: null and void
Yeah, saw that coming a mile away.

In my opinion vouchers are nothing more than another way to latch onto the government tit.

Look up the stats on charter schools in DC. They are scary. More than 1/2 of all charter schools in DC perform below DC public schools. After 5 years, the charters of low performing schools are revoked, but the charters reform under new names and new management and oh my the money comes rolling in.

Here's my favorite scenario. Let's give vouchers to parents to use for supplies for home-schooling. There have been enough stories of welfare mothers having extra kids for the extra cash. How long would the lines of welfare mothers be holding out their hands for $$ claiming that they are homeschooling? It would probably outnumber the crack addicts, but not by much.

Yes, I am cynical. Been around too damn long to not be. Not everyone is like "us" normal people. Some parents are evil and looking for mo' money, mo' money, mo' money at every corner.

124 posted on 02/11/2006 7:20:37 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: wintertime

But your kids were not required to attend government schools. Therefore, attendance at government schools was not compulsory.


125 posted on 02/11/2006 7:21:41 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: Mojave
I don't smoke pot. I don't snort sugar, either.

So, how long should we keep the kid in jail?
126 posted on 02/11/2006 7:23:12 PM PST by mysterio
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To: Thoeting; wintertime

*sigh* Yeah.

OTOH, I've searched the Constitution in vain for any reference to education being a Federal responsibility.

Maybe I missed it?


127 posted on 02/11/2006 7:23:31 PM PST by null and void (<---- Aged to perfection, and beyond...)
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To: mysterio

In my county, the penalty for look-alike drugs is identical to having the real thing. So, whatever the penalty is for cocaine would probably be appropriate.


128 posted on 02/11/2006 7:24:22 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: Mojave

Now that's the kinda lunatic rhetoric I'm talking about.

Mojave,

The biggest political bully get to control the political, cultural, and the moral, ethical, and values ( that means religious belief) agenda.

What is a simple word for the above: INDOCTRINATION!

It is impossible for education of the young to be moral, ethics neutral or politically, and culturally values free. That is why government should get out of this business immediately! We have a human right to freedom of conscience and government schools violate freedom of conscience every minute of every day!


129 posted on 02/11/2006 7:24:34 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: steveo
I once torqued off our high school vice principal (1970) for having a box candy cigarettes in my right sock (just enough so he could see it).

I know drivers who like to have fake cardboard "radar detectors" clipped prominently to their sun visors while driving through states where radar detectors are illegal...

130 posted on 02/11/2006 7:25:42 PM PST by Ichneumon
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To: Thoeting

I had better call a tip in on Kroger. Those jerks are pushing fake cocaine nationwide in broad daylight. I saw this woman buying a kilo of it yesterday.


131 posted on 02/11/2006 7:26:17 PM PST by mysterio
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To: null and void
Good catch. I happen to disagree that Education should be under the auspices of the Federal Government. In addition, I believe that the power of the Feds should be limited to what is specifically laid out in the Constitution and that would be interstate commerce, defense and foreign affairs.
132 posted on 02/11/2006 7:26:51 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: Revel
When sugar is outlawed, only outlaws with a sweet tooth will obtain sugar.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

133 posted on 02/11/2006 7:27:12 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: mysterio

Do they advertise it as cocaine?


134 posted on 02/11/2006 7:27:40 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: Thoeting
But your kids were not required to attend government schools. Therefore, attendance at government schools was not compulsory.

Thoeting.

Government indoctrination camp is COMPULSORY on the pain of arrest, and prison for the parents and foster care for the children, if the parents do not have the option of homeschool or private school. If the parent resists the government authorities to a sufficient level they risk being shot and killed.

For homeschoolers who resist the government they too risk arrest and prison, and the placement of their children in foster care. If homeschool parents are sufficiently resistant they risk being shot and killed by the police.

This is what government schools are!
135 posted on 02/11/2006 7:29:06 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime
If homeschool parents are sufficiently resistant they risk being shot and killed by the police.


Shot and KILLED? Isn't that taking this a bit far?

136 posted on 02/11/2006 7:31:06 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: mysterio
I don't snort sugar

Well, pin a rose on you.

137 posted on 02/11/2006 7:31:20 PM PST by Mojave
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To: Thoeting
Shot and KILLED? Isn't that taking this a bit far?

Thoeting,

If parents are sufficiently resistant to government school bureaucrats, police, court orders, and social workers,,,,,yes,,,,they risk being shot and killed. This is true of those who resist paying taxes as well.
138 posted on 02/11/2006 7:33:19 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Thoeting
Shot and KILLED? Isn't that taking this a bit far?

Thoeting,

Just as there are very, very few tax resisters who push it that far, parents are not stupid either. BUT,,,,this IS the power that government schools have over the lives of citizens.
139 posted on 02/11/2006 7:34:43 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Thoeting
Here's my favorite scenario. Let's give vouchers to parents to use for supplies for home-schooling. There have been enough stories of welfare mothers having extra kids for the extra cash. How long would the lines of welfare mothers be holding out their hands for $$ claiming that they are homeschooling? It would probably outnumber the crack addicts, but not by much. ( Thoeting)

Thoeting,

I agree with you completely.

Ideally, parents would pay for their own children's education. Are you aware that private schooling is really very inexpensive on average. In many cases the cost of K-12 education is less than the cost of babysitting.

Private vouchers to private schools should be available to the poor. How about a yearly "Education United Fund" drive for the poor?
140 posted on 02/11/2006 7:40:35 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime

Can you give an example of this happening. I'm not being glib. Seriously, I've never heard of parents being shot and killed for not sending their kids to a public school.


141 posted on 02/11/2006 7:41:19 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: Revel

So what if somebody rolled up tobacco in some rolling papers? Is that a "look-alike drug"?

Most of my life I've had the desire to teach, and I've thought about going to back to school to get certification - but the more I think about the insane environment I'd be putting myself in, the less I think this is a good idea.

Public schools seem like the final stages of a patient on life support - at a certain point, you have to turn off the machines and say "forget about it. It's over."


142 posted on 02/11/2006 7:46:41 PM PST by Pravious
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To: Thoeting
Can you give an example of this happening. I'm not being glib. Seriously, I've never heard of parents being shot and killed for not sending their kids to a public school. Thoeting,


Thoeting,

Because parents have never been shot and killed does not mean that police, and courts could do that to parents who are sufficiently resistant.

Just as it is very, very uncommon for a tax resister to push it that far, it would also be unlike for a parent to do this as well.....but,,,,that is the power that the state does have available.

I suggest that you check out the Homeschooling Legal Defense Association's web site. There you will find page up page of school officials sending out police and social workers. There are also a few instances of children and parent being jailed, and of the state taking court custody of the children. This HAS happened. There are the court documents to prove it.

This is what government schools are! They have the police, courts, and social workers to FORCE their will.
143 posted on 02/11/2006 7:46:56 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: Thoeting

Thoeting,

That should read:

Because parents have never been shot and killed does not mean that police, and courts could NOT do that to parents who are sufficiently resistant.


144 posted on 02/11/2006 7:48:09 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime
I'm going to respectfully disagree with you. Private schools are outrageously expensive. Typically schools that are connected with a church are the least expensive as the churches pick up the price. As an example, my in-laws belong to a Lutheran church that has a K-8 school that is free to anyone who wishes to come.

Some examples from the DC area

Bishop Ireton High School - $7,300–$11,10

Blue Ridge School- boys 9th–12th grade; $26,500

Calvary Road Christian School and Pre-school - $6,270

Hill School $9,500–$13,600

Paul VI Catholic High School, 9th–12th grade; $6,690 (diocesan Catholics), $8,750 (others)

Sydenstricker School $250–$675 a month

Public schools typically spend around 8K per student and that looks about the market average, give or take.

145 posted on 02/11/2006 7:50:10 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: Pravious
Public schools seem like the final stages of a patient on life support - at a certain point, you have to turn off the machines and say "forget about it. It's over." (Pravious)

Pravious,

So...why are parents still sending their precious children to nut houses like this? Oh..yeah, their children go to Blue Ribbon schools ( right! sarcasm).

It's time that we start looking parents right in the eye and ask, "Why on earth would you do this to your kid?!"
146 posted on 02/11/2006 7:51:10 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: wintertime

Wintertime, be careful that you don't make outrageous comments that undermine your credibility. I think you have some good thoughts and ideas, but over-the-top comments place everything you say in question. You have a strong enough arguements for homeschooling from your own experiences as it is, no need to dress it up with "well, it COULD happen."


147 posted on 02/11/2006 7:52:22 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: wintertime

What is a "blue ribbon school?" I've never seen that statement attached to any school I've ever been at or attended. Is that something local to you?


148 posted on 02/11/2006 7:53:25 PM PST by Thoeting
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To: drhogan
then they should ban water because it looks like vodka. and cola looks a little too much like scotch.

When I was in school, they did just that. School policy dictated that any liquid substance in the possession of a student, not sold in the school cafeteria and consumed entirely therein, was to be considered the same as alcohol. But at least they didn't press felony charges in those days--the schools never punished actual criminals because doing so would require an implicit acknowledgment of their existence.

Another school-district policy required that some off-site educrat operate the thermostat, almost invariably on "full-blast heat" no matter how hot the environs. The building didn't happen to have any water fountains, and because most of it remained under construction, had a grand total of one toilet, access to which was intensely competitive and tightly controlled.

On one particularly warm mid-winter day, we had just received a new student whose family relocated from Vermont. By lunch time, the cafeteria already had sold out of liquids, and she was showing obvious signs of severe heat stress aggravated by dehydration. Once we brought her situation to the attention of the principal, she did manage to recover with the assistance of a bucket of ice. (The school nurse declined to come to work, and given the rules and the condition of the building, no one else could even get her a drink of water.)

In the principles of school rules, punishments inflicted should apply collectively rather than to the individual criminal. Because schools cannot target drunkards directly, they instead punish the broader collective of those in possession of any liquid beverage. Another principle tells us that in a fight between a bully and victim, the victim must receive a stronger punishment for being bullied than the bully. This principle mainly protects bullies, gangs, and drug dealers who operate on school property, thus creating a haven for juvenile delinquents and other criminals.

149 posted on 02/11/2006 7:57:42 PM PST by dufekin (US Senate: the only place where the majority [44 D] comprises fewer than the minority [55 R])
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To: Thoeting
I'm going to respectfully disagree with you. Private schools are outrageously expensive.

Thoeting,

The following are the costs of private schools. Oh...and why the prejudice against schools that have a religious affiliation?

By the way, the tuition at my alma mater, St. Joan of Arc, in inner city Philadelphia was a mere $2,383 for the 2002/2003 school year. This is, indeed, less than the cost of babysitting for a pre-schooler.

http://www.cato.org/dailys/09-08-03.html

The most recent figures available from the U.S. Department of Education show that in 2000 the average tuition for private elementary schools nationwide was $3,267. Government figures also indicate that 41 percent of all private elementary and secondary schools -- more than 27,000 nationwide -- charged less than $2,500 for tuition. Less than 21 percent of all private schools charged more than $5,000 per year in tuition. According to these figures, elite and very expensive private schools tend to be the exception in their communities, not the rule.

Many people may think private schools are expensive because the costlier private schools also tend to be the most well known. For example, many in Houston have heard about St. John's or Tenney High School, where tuition runs over $13,000 a year. But fewer Houstonians have likely heard of Southeast Academy, Woodward Acres, or Pecan Street Christian Academy, all of which charge less than $3,000 per year, well below the city's private school average of $4,468.

Average private school tuition in other cities tells the same story: a large number of moderately priced private schools with a few very expensive, well-known exceptions. Median private elementary school tuition in Denver is $3,528. In Charleston, $3,150. In Philadelphia, $2,504. In New Orleans, $2,386.
150 posted on 02/11/2006 7:58:34 PM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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