November 17, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Annual parking fees paid by Fairfax County high school students reveal disparities in resources between the richest and poorest parts of the county.
An analysis by The Washington Post has found some schools with more wealthy students receive more than $10,000 per year in parking fees. Schools including Langley and Oakton high schools use those funds to buy iPads, computers or copy machines.
But Mount Vernon High School near Alexandria saw just $465 last year from parking fees. More than half the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
Superintendent Karen Garza says disparity in parking revenues is a problem that mirrors similar issues involving schools' abilities to generate additional revenues. She says the school system aims to provide other funding to schools with higher populations of poor students.