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PSAT fee so high at Gunn

Original post made by why so expensive, Barron Park, on Sep 15, 2011

As a Gunn parent, I was informed that there will be a PSAT test in October, and it costs 35 dollars. When I looked through the college board site, it says the fee is 14 dollars, and schools sometimes charge an additional fee to cover administrative costs. I don't know why Gunn has to charge an additional 21 dollars to administrate a test on a school day when it's a work day for every teacher and staff. I called some random private school in the area and found out the fee they charge is 20 dollars. Just like the price of hot lunches at PAUSD is much higher than those at other school districts, testing fees are also much higher. Why?

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a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Instead of posting here, send an e-mail to someone who WOULD know for certain, like one of the administrators at Gunn. By posting here, you're going to get speculation and hyperbole.

That said, I suspect they charge a bit extra to cover the person processing and supervising the PSAT roll out... and also have a little left over to cover scholarships for those students who can't pay.

But yeah, $35 seems high. $20 would be plenty.

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Posted by here;s a better idea...
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 16, 2011 at 12:27 am

Why not alert administrator of your post here and ask them to respond so we can all see their reply and have some transparency regarding this pricing policy.

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a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

if any palo alto administrator actually read the drivel and worthlessness that occurs here on PAO, they should be ashamed of themselves.

Stop trying to start a problem. There is no smoke. There is no fire.

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Posted by qt
a resident of Southgate
on Sep 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

yeah,there is no money.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Can you choose to have your child test elsewhere at the standard rate, not the rate that subsidizes other students?

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Posted by Another Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Charging for public education is unlawful, and if the activity occurs during the school day, including extracurriculars, it is covered. Paly is not charging for the PSAT this year; you should point out the public equity issue to the Gunn administration so they can educate themselves. You can review the recent ACLU Southern California lawsuit that has clarified the matter conclusively, rather than speculating.

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