Seattle Times: Seattle full-day kindergarten fees to increase 15%
From our news partners at The Seattle Times: Tuition is expected to rise by 15 percent, to $2,720 per year, as part of a gradual plan to eliminate the district's subsidy of the program. By Brian M. Rosenthal.
Seattle parents worried about rising fees for full-day kindergarten classes in the city's public schools can take solace in the fact that they're still paying less than what parents are paying in the suburbs.
A Seattle School Board committee recently voted to significantly increase all-day kindergarten fees for next school year, taking the second step in a three-year plan to eliminate the district's subsidy of the program, School Board President Michael DeBell said.
If approved by the full board, families next year will be required to pay as much as $2,720 per year — $272 per month for 10 months — to move their child from half-day kindergarten, which all students receive, to a full-day program.
That's about 15 percent higher than last year's rate of $2,370 and about 31 percent higher than tuition for the year before, $2,070. And tuition is almost certain to rise another 15 percent the following year, DeBell said.
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