RI lawmakers looking at school activity fees
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island students could pay fees to participate in band, sports or clubs under legislation before state lawmakers.
The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to review the proposal on Wednesday. It would allow school districts to charge students a ‘‘reasonable’’ fee to pay for their participation in extracurricular activities. Students who can demonstrate a financial hardship would not have to pay the fee.
Districts around the state have struggled to pay for activities like band, sports teams and afterschool activities like theater or cheerleading.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Louis DiPalma, a Democrat from Middletown.