Re “Back-to-school costs go beyond paper and pens” (Page A1, Aug. 4): The article kind of took away the idea of a free public school education for me, charging parents for supplies and other things. I don’t doubt the need, but I wondered if something like a “pivot public partnership,” wherein units of government joined together to solve cost problems, might work here. Several districts could unite to cover the school-supply cost problem.
I’d willingly contribute to it and I think others would, too. No poor kid would be left out; potential happy voters in the next school tax election.
Frank Burke, Modesto