I know there has been a lot of discussion on YW concerning the “financial” crisis.
I myself struggle to pay the full tuition for my kids. It turns out that one of my kids needs more of a full time special ed classroom. Do you know how much it costs for these schools? From what I have been told it costs $20000+. My issue is not the cost of the program. The school has to pay these teachers for what they are worth. Since these teachers have skills in special ed they are, and rightfully so, can demand a higher wage then your average teacher.
My issue is this: Why as a young parent am I responsible to pay the full amount? Why don’t we (the community at large) have a system to help cover at a minimum half of the costs in these special situations. Why are we giving money to other tzedakahs when we have parents who are unable to cover the costs of tuition? Isn’t a Jewish education the most important part of a youngsters life? Am I supposed to send her to public school, when there are good frum schools (very few of them) that have the tools to help my child?
The way I see it, the system we have has failed! If you don’t have money then too bad…..
I was wondering what your readers think of this.
Thank you for letting my frustrations out.
Anonymous in the East Coast.
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