In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.
Today, one father explains why he was adamant about sending his kids to public school—despite being a member of the $250K salary club.
Getting a good education in Los Angeles is no easy feat. Just ask any parent, and they’ll tell you: Schools in the area are pretty hit or miss.
The desirable ones—schools that tout heavy parent involvement and impressive graduation rates—are just as common as the relative horror shows with underfunded programs, overworked faculty and kids with behavior problems.
And that’s exactly why my then-wife, Mary*, and I started researching the best neighborhoods and districts to move into well before our two children, Jenny* and Eric*, were ready to start kindergarten some 20 years ago. We looked for stable communities, nice neighbors and close proximity to places we frequented—ultimately settling on Burbank because it fit all of our criteria.
Another factor that was at the top of our list? We were only interested in sending our kids to public schools.
In fact, even though Mary and I could have afforded private tuition payments on our combined $250,000 income as a lawyer and a publicist, that kind of education was completely out of the question.