So How Much Does Your Public School Cost You?

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Registered: 03-22-1999
So How Much Does Your Public School Cost You?
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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 5:39pm

This is DD's senior year, so we've been dealing with this for awhile, but I'm just curious how other schools handle things.

Fees:

Basic Fee:

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Registered: 08-11-2007
I got that one too,we get the emails since Gab has the NOOK color.Thanks for the heads up.

 

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Registered: 05-27-1998

I would love it if all schools had the option of downloading textbooks to electronic readers! That would save not only money, but kids' backs!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Actually as of right now, it wouldn't actually save much money. I'd have to find an article to support it, but I know I've read that the bulk of the textbook cost is actually the copyright, author and publishing fees, not actually the printing fees, so it doesn't actually cut down much on the costs to the schools.
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Registered: 08-11-2007
There are classes though that Gab does not have the book for and they put the book online,but I am guessing they would have to pay some type of copyright???Still it might be cheaper than the actual books.For example they had enough history books for the classroom last year,but they stayed there,but if kids wanted to read the book at home they could find it on the computer.

 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Usually if the schools buy the textbooks for the classroom they get access to it online also as part of the price. I'll have to hunt down the article.
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Registered: 08-11-2007
I'd love to read it.

 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Here's one in relation to college textbooks which is interesting, it's a blog and opinion based only, but makes sense:

http://suesstew.blogspot.com/2009/10/electronic-textbooks-and-textbook-costs.html

Here's another article from florida that discusses it, along with some other costs that I hadn't taken into account such as the Internet and infrastructure costs. I think there are definitely pros and cons to the eTextbook possibilities.

http://suesstew.blogspot.com/2009/10/electronic-textbooks-and-textbook-costs.html
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Registered: 07-26-1999
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Registered: 09-19-2006
Textbook publishing is a racket. My husband wrote a textbook used in an upper level college class. It sells for $250 and my husband makes about $12 on every copy. Since it is only used in an upper level class it has not sold near the copies of say an intro Physics book. We joke that he is making about 12 cents/hour for his efforts.
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Registered: 09-19-2006
That does seem high. My son just started college so my numbers are for a year ago. We had to pay for AP tests, but we did not have to pay for them if he did not want to take the test. And of course we paid for a yearbook and it might have been like $10 to $20 for his cap and gown stuff. That was about it if you weren't involved in extracurricular activities. Marching band cost us $250 every year except for the 2 years they went on trips. Then it was a whooping $3,500. One year the trip was required and I had a real problem with that. That seems way over the top for the cost to participate in an extracurricular in a public high school.