Fees for a student in junior high school can easily add up to more than $200, including money for academic funds, activity fees, instruction materials, day planners, fine arts classes, an online writing program, science fees, physical education uniforms, play sweatshirts, choir uniforms and yearbooks. Some districts charge students $5 for each tardy. Monetizing attendance is counterintuitive to a free and public education.
School fees have spiraled out of control. In response, the Utah State Board of Education has approved a study of the fees school districts charge students.
In the Salt Lake City School District, for example, administrative procedures state that no fees will be charged students in K-6, and each school will provide the necessary supplies. But teachers often ask students to bring additional supplies – some even offer extra credit for such donations. How can a student's grade be impacted by how much money he gives?