Americans like to believe that the U.S. public high school is free. Not so, says Principal Willard Hawkins of Maryland's Bel Air Junior-Senior High School, in a report in the current Nation's Schools. Aside from taxes, the average parent must shell out money all through the year:
¶ Four out of ten of the Maryland schools in Hawkins' report charge pupils an "activity fee" that may amount to as much as $10 a year.
¶ Almost half the schools charge ''class dues" up to $6.
¶ Some schools assess their pupils as much as $3.50 for the school newspaper, as much as $4.50...