N.J. May Block Schools From Charging Students for Extracurriculars

By Phil Gregory | NewsWorks.org
|  Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013  |  Updated 10:16 AM EDT
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 Schools May Be Barred From Charging for Activities

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Public schools in New Jersey would be prohibited from charging students a fee to take part in extracurricular activities such as sports or music under a proposal in the Legislature.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli says New Jersey residents pay enough in property taxes to support schools and should not have to pay more for after-school activities.

Parents might not be able to afford the extracurricular fees, and that would put their kids at a competitive disadvantage, said Burzichelli, D-Gloucester.

"When you have a public school system that is supposed to provide equally for every child based on their interests and ability, and now you put a financial test on it, saying you can't do that unless you are willing to write another check, there are going to be kids left behind," he said Monday.

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Burzichelli says participation in sports, theater, music and other extracurricular programs can help students get scholarships for college.

A spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards Association says it will review the proposed legislation before taking a position on it.


This story is reported through a news coverage partnership between NBC10.com and NewsWorks.org

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