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RPS 205 votes to eliminate most student fees for 2020-2021

ROCKFORD (WREX) -- The Rockford Public School Board votes to eliminate most student fees for next year.

Students will not be required to pay for arts, music, athletics, lab fees, or advanced placement exams.

High school students will still have to pay for parking passes, behind the wheel driver's education, summer school, athletic admissions and credit recovery.

“This is the right move for our students and families,” said Superintendent Ehren Jarrett in a press release sent Tuesday. “If students want to take one or more Advanced Placement courses, cost shouldn’t be a barrier. The same goes for participation in band, orchestra, choir or drama, or playing a second or third sport. They’re not extras. We think they’re part of the school experience.”

In the past, families had to pay $75 for each elementary student, $80 for middle school students and $100 for high school student's lab fees. Now, those fees will be free.

The amount RPS 205 usually collects for student fees is near $777,000. But, the revenue will be covered by more money coming into RPS 205 because of the state's new evidence-based funding model.

James Stratton

James Stratton is the Evening Anchor at 13 WREX and reports for 13 Investigates He joined the team in August, 2018 after working at KWQC TV-6 in Davenport Iowa. His work in Illinois and Iowa has been awarded in both states, along with Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Awards at 13 WREX.

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