questionsshould schools have the right to fine students…

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I'm probably going to get a lot of downvotes for my opinion but here goes anyway.

Yes, schools should be able to fine people for infractions. The students are there to learn and a few students make a lot of trouble for the teachers. It's more like a babysitting job instead of teaching.

Since teachers aren't allowed to hit their students, what other methods are there to discipline them? The parents aren't doing the job so those few bad students are hurting it for the rest. Once you hit the pocketbook of the parents, they will (hopefully) start doing something about it by doing their parental duties and disciplining their children.

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I believe there should be consequences for actions.

The form those consequences take might vary, depending. A fine is certainly an option. Especially if there is an alternate track, that allows one to earn money or offset fines by winning rewards.

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@cengland0: I agree, but to a point. There should be limitations on what schools can fine a student for. If the fines are not regulated, schools will begin charging for everything. For example, late to class? That's $5. Forget your homework? $2, etc.

For serious incidents where the school has been unsuccessful with disciplinary action, I think fines are ok.

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Here's my important question: Where does the money go?

It's been proven over and over that suspensions and detentions don't fix the problem so maybe this will...

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@jsoko: I think it should go towards after school activities, most are usually very under funded. Of course in this instance it is a private school so.........

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@crowsnest: Since it's a private school (for this case)... and the parents are paying, I would think the money gathered should be reimbursed between all students. That way they aren't paying for another student to distract them... the distraction would be. It would put a lot more value on the education.

If it was a public school, I think it should still go to something all students will use, and not all students participate in after-school activities...

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@cengland0: The opposite..... I agree. There is currently nothing that they can do which has an affect on the children. But money will affect both them and hopefully their parents, giving them a reason to be disciplinarians (parents) instead of their kids best friend.

I also think cell phones should not be allowed in school, period! If you need to do a cell phone check at the door, fine. It works for people carrying guns going into a prison;) That may sound extreme but if you think about it cell phones are harming our children, not helping them. If parents really want their kids to have a cell phone for emergencies, then get them the Disney phone that has 4 buttons that you pre-program. Put the parents #s, the police station & 911. Kids, up through high school, don't need anything more than that.

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@jsoko: I can agree with that. Maybe upgrades to a computer lab or something to that affect. (gym, auditorium, etc.)

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@crowsnest: Right... but fining students would just be a hassle (at least were I am), there are so many issues with money and public schools, ... it's crazy! So many accounts and so few things they can spend the money on. In my district; they stopped requiring a PE course to graduate, built a new aux gymfilled in the pool, then filled in the pool, and they hired an energy consultant to save money. Nothing makes sense...

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No, not for what the school has been assessing fines (untied shoe laces or bringing chips to school!) This ends up ultimately being a tax on the parents. Fining the kids won't alter the behavior of the really bad apples, it'll just drain the bank accounts of Mom and Dad. When I was growing up, taking away a recess or even just writing a student a "pink slip" which had to be signed by the folks was enough to straighten out most kids.

About the only thing reason I would support "fines" being imposed would be for property damaged by a student.

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In case anyone hasn't seen anything on this yet, you can view the article here: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/14/10408204-5-fine-for-chewing-gum-parents-students-protest-discipline-policy

Some of the infractions are simply being 3 minutes or more late to class, chewing gum, etc.

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I'm a fan of the fines. With the regulations keeping schools from disciplining children and parents just choosing not to, no one listens. You send a note home - parents sign it, roll their eyes, and nothing changes. Perhaps if the parents feel the sting in their pocket books, then they will do their job and deal with their child.

Charging for being a few minutes late to class seems excessive, until you think about how disruptive that behavior is. That means you are essentially getting started later and running behind, all because snowflake couldn't get in the door on time. Everyone's time is precious, if the parents won't teach that to their kids, then they should pay for the administrative costs of making the school try to teach the kids that.

We fine adults for breaking minor laws all the time, we ticket people who are late getting back to their parking meter. Why not teach our kids those consequences?

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it's a charter school, regular rules don't apply.

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I just saw on the news today that a charter school in Chicago is paying Seniors $25 a week if they don't miss any days unless they are truly sick. $10 a week for under classmen. The have $40,000 so far in donations to help keep these kids in school.....really? What happened to taking pride in yourself and doing the right thing??