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Bill allowing schools to charge fee for activities to be heard

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

The Senate Education Committee will hear a bill that would allow schools to charge participation fees for participation in extracurricular activities.

The bill, proposed by Senator Louis DiPalma would let individual school districts assess reasonable fees for participation in sports, club, and band.

The bill explains the fees as a way for cash strapped school districts to continue to offer the same clubs and activities without draining the school district's budget. As part of the legislation students eligible for USDA reimbursable meals will be exempt from the fee and other students may petition the school for relief from the fee based on financial hardship.

The bill is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday at the rise of the Senate. Two other bills will also be heard including a bill allowing for less than 180 school days a year but longer school days and a bill establishing the Rhode Island Teachers' Advisory Council.

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