School FieldTrip Rip-off
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another teacher

Douglasville, GA

#61 May 7, 2012
Admittedly, I did not read this entire thread, but I can say that field trips are pricey. You are not just paying for "the ticket" to the location of the field trip. You pay for bus drivers' hourly wages, gas (cha-ching), substitutes for the teachers (can't leave anyone unattended @ school), and if you have to pay to park the bus or other incidentals. I have NEVER charged extra to cover kids who couldn't pay. I have simply asked them or their parents to contact me--the school has always had some money to help those few kids out. PLUS I make sure the kids know that if they ask, they are not guaranteed to have their trip paid for. I am also up-front that they demonstrate financial need by being on free/reduced lunch and NOT having plenty of cash to spend on the vending machines (its sick how much money "needy" kids pump into chips and drinks).

Its not easy--you take on a huge amount of legal liability when you take kids off of school property and you really never know what kids being kids are going to do that might get them hurt or you sued.
Angry Insider

Douglasville, GA

#62 May 10, 2012
I know wrote:
<quoted text>Blah, blah, blah. So how do they over charge???
School has changed a lot since you dropped out
local yokel

Carrollton, GA

#63 May 10, 2012
Angry Insider wrote:
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School has changed a lot since you dropped out
you didn't go.

Yes...many things have changed due to politically correct behavior.
When I was a kid you paid to go if not you stayed behind.
Today it is the same children that need/want the free ticket..Now it's easier to just let these kids go on field trips than listening to the ...You doin my kid wrong,lawsuit,calling the media.
This Country has given all the rights to the free loaders.Give into their wants instead of making them be responsible for their kids.
If anyone has ever gone a field trip whether it was today or 20 years most every child is out of control..Field trips should be nipped it's not worth the aggravation.Let the School have a field day at the school it's free.
concerned

Douglasville, GA

#64 May 10, 2012
What you also fail to realize is that most field trips, the more students you have participate the cheaper it is per student. You can predict numbers but if you have more sign up or less sign up the price changes per person. If I have 30 people on a 40 person bus the gas prices will be different per person than if I've got the bus full. and also usually the more tickets you buy the cheaper they are. So on and so forth. So as teachers we charge what we think we need to to be able to cover every cost that might come up. So often times letting a few students go for free costs the same overall as not letting them go. And it's definitely not fair to punish kids because they have bad parents. And legally you cannot say we have these students who need to be sponsored, and we need this much money for those students to be able to go. Often times those students have parents that are very involved and help in ways you could never imagine. Kids need opportunities, and if you decide you don't want to give them to your children simply because you don't want to help give them to other kids then don't pay for your kids to go and they can sit in class while everyone else is out there having fun just because you don't want to help others without knowing every detail about them.
concerned

Douglasville, GA

#65 May 10, 2012
also field day is not free, it might be cheaper than a field trip, but it's not free. And I have never had mass chaos on a field trip that I have sponsored and I've taken my share in my time teaching. I've also never given a free ride to a teachers kid and never seen it happen.

Since: May 12

Alpharetta, GA

#66 May 11, 2012
In my experience the kids are better behaved on field trips than they are in class. We put the fear of God into them before we go.
not a religous sort

Mansfield, GA

#67 May 11, 2012
trystme wrote:
In my experience the kids are better behaved on field trips than they are in class. We put the fear of God into them before we go.
Why would they fear God?

“Yet another average white man.”

Since: Jun 11

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#68 May 11, 2012
not a religous sort wrote:
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Why would they fear God?

Seriously? You've never heard that expression? It's only a few centuries old. You should get out more.
Grobbbbbbbbbbb
local yokel

Carrollton, GA

#69 May 11, 2012
concerned wrote:
also field day is not free, it might be cheaper than a field trip, but it's not free. And I have never had mass chaos on a field trip that I have sponsored and I've taken my share in my time teaching. I've also never given a free ride to a teachers kid and never seen it happen.

What???
You're no more a Teacher than I am.You keep taking up for the people that continue to take advantage of the system.
Free Lunches,Free school supplies,Free phones etc..
You're the problem with what is going on in this Country.
Let me guess Obama is your IDOL.

BTW,a field day doesn't cost anything you wear what you have water is free so is exercise.You need a reality check.
Angry Insider

Douglasville, GA

#70 May 11, 2012
concerned wrote:
What you also fail to realize is that most field trips, the more students you have participate the cheaper it is per student. You can predict numbers but if you have more sign up or less sign up the price changes per person. If I have 30 people on a 40 person bus the gas prices will be different per person than if I've got the bus full. and also usually the more tickets you buy the cheaper they are. So on and so forth. So as teachers we charge what we think we need to to be able to cover every cost that might come up. So often times letting a few students go for free costs the same overall as not letting them go. And it's definitely not fair to punish kids because they have bad parents. And legally you cannot say we have these students who need to be sponsored, and we need this much money for those students to be able to go. Often times those students have parents that are very involved and help in ways you could never imagine. Kids need opportunities, and if you decide you don't want to give them to your children simply because you don't want to help give them to other kids then don't pay for your kids to go and they can sit in class while everyone else is out there having fun just because you don't want to help others without knowing every detail about them.
What you're saying is "From each according to his abilities and to each according to his needs". That's called communism.

Since: Jan 10

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#71 May 11, 2012
Angry Insider wrote:
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What you're saying is "From each according to his abilities and to each according to his needs". That's called communism.
Isn't that Marxism?

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