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Schools crack down on parents over fees

Illinois law states school districts can’t punish or discriminate against students if parents don’t pay fees, but oversight is limited and only minor penalties apply if districts violate the law, the Tribune has found.

In Elgin’s School District U-46, the board policy states only that students can get fee waivers if they are eligible for free lunch or breakfast. There’s no language on extenuating circumstances. Chief of staff Tony Sanders did not explain the omission. He said the district works with a collection agency to pursue parents “because we were having cases where families would not pay.”

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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