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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Schools should pay for student needs9 Tuesday, October 9, 1973 HE LETHBRIUGE HERALD NATAL. B.C. (HNS) -The province's school trustees are opposed to parents having to pay extra money to allow their children to take certain courses in British Columbia's public schools In a brief presented to Education Minister Eileen Dailly recently, the British Columbia School Trustees Association the govern- ment to ensure that any material equipment or ser- vice required by a student to take anv course in the curriculum be paid for bv the school system, not bv the student's parents The brief points out that parents are asked to pav tor such items y.s textbook ren- tals, band instrument rentals or purchases shop lees and field trip tees The result is a highly regressive form of tax- ation on parents ol students in the school svstem il says The bnet which also seeks changes in legislation affecting teacher salary bargaining and presents a number of other resolutions from the BCSTA convention lasi May. was discussed with the minister m a two-hour meeting in Victoria In a press conference. BCSTA piesidcnl Pat Walsh of Fort Si John, said the item dealing with extra costs was the most important one in the brief That item is Iw-ed on the premise that vie do not in fact, have total equality ol education lor many ol the students in the province. "Right now. in this province, parents are obliged on the first day of school, lo dig inlo their pockets for or or S30. and over the course of a year none of us is able to say just how much money mother and falher have to dish out lo provide what we call a free education for their children." said Walsh He said the courses for which there are extra fees, or the texlbooks which must be rented, are part of the cirruculum. and as such should not involve extra costs for parents Considered in ad- dition to other costs thai parents face in outlining their children for school Ihese ex- tra charges are a considerable burden on less weallhy parenls wilh several children in school, he said Herald- District More events planned for RCMP centennial Appointed SP i HNSi Vic (iorda and MolK Uorjttv have been appointed as new member'- ol the recreation commission They were ap- pointed imincil at their regular meeting recenllv on the recommendation ol the oiinnission FORT MACLEOD ;