Mr. Schick, over at Cross-Currents writes a very brief post: A Question of Tuition. Here is a excerpt regarding the tuition issue of admissions and minimum/minimal tuition [emphasis mind]:
I write in the middle of what is always the worst week for me in the entire school year. School is open at the five schools that comprise the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School and, of course, in hundreds of institutions across the country. In shul this morning, a fellow asks about a rebbi he knows whose son is being refused admission to a yeshiva because the father cannot afford the minimum tuition that is required. Shortly before this was written, a person prominent in Jewish life emailed about a divorced father in Brooklyn whose daughter is being refused admission on tuition grounds. These situations are just the tip of the iceberg as I am inundated by admission issues at the schools for which I have a measure of responsibility.
My inclination is to side with the parents and not with the schools, even my own, and not because I think all parents are being fair about tuition, but because the children – their emotional health, their educational progress and their Judaic growth – should be what we are most concerned about. It is far better as a rule that some parents should cheat – and I believe that most do not – than children should be hurt.
Yet, I know that my intervention in these wrenching situations comes at a cost. Yeshivas and day schools are with few exceptions these days under enormous financial pressure. There are major schools that are behind in payroll and certainly most yeshivas underpay their staff. When I side with the parents I always wonder whether I am siding against those who teach Torah to our children.