From Friends of Johnathan Grimmel:
It saddens me to see the recent publishing of the fees imposed by the Board of Education for extracurricular activities. While I do applaud the board on trying to take “cost-saving and revenue-generating strategies in order to balance the budget” measures, I once again think they are cutting and imposing fees in the wrong areas. While $25 is not a lot of money to some, it is for others. a single mother of two will now has to pay $75 (50+25) to send her son to a JV sport and her younger son to another extracurricular activity. Then add on at least $225 for extras such as equipment and the time needed to pick up and or drop off her kids, and multiply it three times for a school year (fall, winter, and spring). Granted, this is just an example, but the burden caused by this fee will be felt by many families across Harford County. aspects of this fee can also be seen in the relationship between after-school extracurricular activities and success and performance in school. Recent studies cite that some programs not explicitly focused on academic instruction do produce positive gains in multiple areas including greater academic engagement and performance to higher graduation rates. (Eccles & Templeton, 2002) By imposing this fee the board is essentially charging ‘a fee to succeed’, and with education already expensive for parents why are we making it harder for them? I implore the board of education to look elsewhere for cuts and or reallocation of current resources to be more cost effective. In the coming weeks, I will be announcing plans on how, if elected, I would work with Harford County Government to make our government more cost affective and to re allocate wasteful spending to the areas we need them most. I urge members of Harford County Government to join me in this dialogue.
Extracurricular and Other After-School Activities for Youth Jacquelynne S. Eccles and Janice Templeton, Review of Research in Education , Vol. 26, (2002), pp. 113-180