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Parents Use Their Wallets and Opinions to Influence Education

How much say should parents have in their children's education? In an age where adults are known to begin educating babies in the womb, obsess over their tots' preschool admissions, and sign them up for dozens of activities, it's no wonder that some parents try and control their child's class placement. Whether it's mom asking that her son not be placed in the same class as his nemesis, or dad requesting a specific teacher based on reports from PTA members, principals deal with a legion of requests. And many helicopter parents are used to getting their way — even paying to push their opinions on the institution. In some private establishments, mothers and fathers have pooled their funds to buy members of the faculty out of their contracts. Is this appropriate — what's your opinion on the issue?

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we've hired a teaching assistant away from a school 3 times. each time it was for my daughter that has autism. the school was paying them $9.50 an hour, we paid $20. all of them moved on to higher paying jobs with autistic children (private pay). that's the nature of a capitalistic society, those who can afford it buy what they want/need.
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