|In just a few weeks, Loudon County schools will again
be in session and again this year, parents will be asked to dig deep
into their pockets to pay all sorts of fees being requested by the
schools. Especially in the high schools. The list of fees being
charged has reached a ridiculous level. Parking fees, locker fees, art
fees, academic fees, freshman fees, sophomore fees and on and on and on.
I'm just surprised they don't try to charge a fees fee.
The reality is, you don't have to pay most of these fees. You can if you want to but you don't have to. The Tennessee Department Of Education has released new guidelines regulating school fees. The department now says that schools may request fees but may not require those fees to be paid. The new guidelines are not income based but apply to everyone.
The law also requires that a fee waver request be included with the fee requests. So when your youngster comes home with his fee request from his school, it's up to you if you want to pay them.
In some cases, you may be requested to pay more fees than the new property tax would cost you and that's just not right.
See regulations below.