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Utah Education Board To Discipline Districts For High Fees

Corner Canyon High School

School districts in Utah that aren't transparent about their dues for sports and clubs — or that don't bring them down to "reasonable levels" — could face new penalties from the State Board of Educationthe board voted Thursday to develop and enact a discipline system after a scathing state audit slammed the board for not providing oversight and allowing schools to charge students exorbitant fees.

  Board chairman Mark Huntsman says, "How heavy and how big that hammer is" is still undetermined.

The board gave preliminary approval to a handful of potential consequences for districts that don't make adjustments, including requiring them to repay "improperly charged" dues, withholding their funding and suspending their right to charge fees at all.

Huntsman says more solutions will be voted on next month.