Parents Upset Over ‘Pay To Play’ Proposal For Frisco ISD Students

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FRISCO (1080 KRLD) – Following the news of a budget shortfall in the Frisco ISD, some parents of Frisco students are outraged over a potential new “pay to play” situation.

Frisco ISD has proposed at $300 annual fee for each extracurricular activity a student participates in, whether it be fine arts or sports.

For some parents with kids active in extracurriculars, that adds up fast.

Marie Bernadini’s middle school son Ethan plays football and is in the band. She says for his activities alone she’d have to reach too far down into her wallet.

“$1,200 just for him,” said Bernadini. “Not including my high school student and my daughter that’s coming up right behind him?”

Bernadini says if this fee is implemented her kids would have to cut back on activities, and she worries that with less to occupy them — they’ll get bored.

Parents are also concerned over how the fee might affect Frisco’s lower income families.

Frisco ISD says it’s too soon to say whether this fee would actually become a reality.

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One Comment

  1. Thomas Gordon says:

    All school districts need to do this. As a taxpayer I’m tired of paying to entertain people’s kids.
    School tax money should only be used to teach reading, writing and arithmetic.

  2. Cindy Croom says:

    Do they not think the property tax increase also impacts lower income families and seniors? A property tax increase can put home owners in jeopardy of not being able to meet their tax liabilities and forced too sell or the property being seized. Unfortunately Frisco under estimated the impact of another property tax increase. Property tax has been increasing at a high rate in the state and it’s impacting every level of income. Texas needs to find another avenue for collecting taxes, such as State Income Tax or Increase on Sales Tax or collecting more from companies in this state instead of an abatement. Property tax needs to be reduced in the state or at least the yearly increase reduced to no more than 5% instead of 10%. Income is not increasing enough for most to keep up with the increase. Lower income deserve to be able to stay in their homes with reasonable rate increases.

  3. prtx says:

    We home school our children. We still PAY our property taxes to the ISD and yet they will not let our children into the extra curricular activities. If people want their children in extra activities they NEED to pay for it whether they are upper class, middle class or poor. The schools are partly in the mess they are in because of the money being diverted from education to extra activities.

    Our school systems need to re-focus their money to where it is most important!

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