Is this just a tax on the wealthy in the UK? Would we ever allow this erosion of parental rights here in the United States? As disruptive as it is to learning, I don’t think that we would use a tax.
Parents ‘ignore holiday fines’
**One in five parents say they will carry on taking their children out of school for holidays despite new £100 fines. **
From the end of the month head teachers will be able to fine parents who take their children out of school for holidays without authorisation.
But 18% of parents questioned in a survey for Teletext said they would ignore the penalty.
Four out of 10 said it would be cheaper to pay the fine, because they could save much more by booking a holiday outside of peak times.
More and more parents are taking their children out of school for holidays and the government wants to clamp down.
But many parents say they cannot afford to pay peak-time prices.
The poll, for which 500 parents were questioned, found that one in five parents had taken their children away during term-time for two weeks or more last year.
Parent Penny Harrison is taking her two children away skiing in term-time. “The flights are only £50 return - you can’t even get down to London for that,” she said. “However, £100 fines might make me think again, that’s quite a lot of money.”