Two weeks ago I sat in on a meeting of the town council where the charges for Kindergarten places were discussed at length. Now the town administration has come up with new proposals that will be put to the next town council meeting for approval.
It is worth taking a moment to look at the demands that parents had made a few months ago when the topic first arose. Many of them have been fulfilled, such as keeping the Siblingbonus in place and not reducing the quality or number of places available in the town.
They also wanted the increase to take place in several steps, which is what will now happen. The increases will take effect on 1st August 2012, 1st February 2012 and 1st August 2013. However they insisted that the increase should be “moderate”. The question is: what is moderate?
At the town council meeting some parties were more direct, and announced the highest percentage that they considered to be reasonable.
In the end, however, some people will end up with a larger increase than many wanted. (more…)