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School fees: violators could lose state funding

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Public schools that break state law in how they charge school fees could lose state funding.

The Board of Education did an audit that showed Utah public schools collected $71 million in school fees last year, on anything from certain classes to sports and activities. The audit found around 95% of schools were breaking the rules to collect the funds.

Critics say it kind of looked like a pay to play, even for poorer families who should have had fee waivers.

Now the state board says schools who remain out of compliance or ignore notices that they are out of compliance, should be punished. They could lose state education dollars or lose their right to assess those fees.

You can read more in the Deseret News here.