Parents would pay a detention fee for their misbehaving children if two board members in Nutley, New Jersey get their way. Detention costs the district about $10,000 a year in overtime and maintenance. The board members want to fine parents of “habitual” detainees.
However, the policy may not be legal, says Frank Belluscio, spokesman for the New Jersey School Board Association. Detention isn’t an extracurricular activity.
“Discipline is part of a public education,” he said. “Since detention would have to be used to enforce discipline, it is doubtful that you could charge for that, the same way you can’t charge for someone taking a history class or math class.”
In some areas, parents can be fined for their children’s truancy.
Via Core Knowledge Blog.