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Chicago school draws scrutiny over student fines

Got gum? That'll cost you. Chicago school draws scrutiny over making kids pay for infractions By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) '

Students at one charter school network in Chicago know there is a price to pay ' literally ' for breaking even the smallest rules.

Noble Network of Charter Schools charges students at its 10 high schools $5 for detentions stemming from infractions that include chewing gum and having untied shoelaces. Last school year it collected almost $190,000 in discipline "fees" from detentions and behavior classes.



But that policy drawing fire from some parents, advocacy groups and education experts who say Noble is nickel-and-diming its mostly low-income students over insignificant, made-up infractions that have little bearing on academic success.

Officials at the rapidly expanding network say the fees offset the cost of running the detention program, helping keep small problems from becoming big ones. Others argue the policy amounts to harassment.


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