NJ school district considering fee for detention

November 19, 2009 4:27:10 PM PST
School board members in one New Jersey town want parents of high school students who are habitually sent to detention to pay. Two Nutley Board of Education members say the school district spends $10,000 per year in overtime and maintenance to run after-school detention.

They say the students who are there all the time should help pay.

They haven't set the fees or said how often a student would have to be in trouble to be required to pay.

Other school board members say the plan might not be legal. A district lawyer is looking into the matter.

The New Jersey School Boards Association says no New Jersey school district has ever charged for detention.