I can't believe people want something for nothing. Y'all are outrageous. It's not a bad deal and I don't see it as a conflict of interest.
It is not wanting something for nothing but $17 for a field trip like she described is way too much. My kid is going to a pumpkin patch an hour away and the fee is $9 and that includes a pumpkin. They can pack a lunch or get a baggeds one from the cafeteria (at the parents expense). Parents/chaperones pay $9 too plus $4.50 for cafeteria lunch or they can bag one for themselves.
$17 for a 2 mile round trip and a small cup of apple cider, a hot dog a doughnut and water is just outrageous
Buying hotdogs and buns in bulk makes them cheaper, so lets say a hot dog would be no more than $2
Water bottles would be at the most 1.00 per child
Doughnut 50 cents
cup of apple cider $2.00 (and I am being generous)
I would say that as long as a good deal was cut for the school, no harm no foul. Teachers (imo) are grossly underpaid. It's great that the school is open to helping to support one of it's employees' outside ventures. :) They're taking care of their own, in a sense.
I think it does sound like a conflict of interest, but then if the teacher is an upstanding good teacher and role model at the school it may have been the safest and most logical place to take 300 kids. Also one would hope that the teacher cut her prices for the students of a school she teaches.
The thing is that is a lot of money. My children just came from an apple orchard school trip that was $14 a child. It offered children a pie making class where they could learn how to make apple pic and bring home with their own apple pie. They also did a tour of the orchards where the children could pick a set amount of apples to bring home, learn more about apple orchards and they did a scavenger hunt with the kids in the orchards before feeding the children fresh apple cider and apple scones.
I do know one year we paid $17 a child for an apple orchard trip, it included a hay ride through the orchard, making donuts they would eat later with cider, to me it was fun but not as educational and engaging as the one we just came back from this year.
How much would it cost at the other Orchards? If she is offering fair/competitive rates, it wouldn't bother me. If others are cheaper or have an overall better package for the same price, it would be a huge conflict of interest.
my daughter is going to an apple orchard later this month.. the PTA is covering the field trip, but parents have to pay for transportation.. which is $6.00 a child. I'm assuming your PTA isn't covering the trip, and I'm also assuming it's not covering the transporation.
And regardless if it's a teacher's orchard or not, people still have to run a business.