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School truancy fight

4 years 4 months 3 days ago February 19, 2013 Feb 19, 2013 Tuesday, February 19 2013 February 19, 2013 6:24 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

A school district in Pennsylvania that fined parents excessively for their kids' truancy approved a $265,000 settlement after it was sued. A federal judge ruled the Lebanon School district improperly fined the parents, even though state law allows truancy fines as high as $300. In some cases, the district's fines of parents exceeded $1,000. The judge found 935 cases where the district charged more than the law allowed. The district agreed to refund any fines it collected above the $300 threshold but the settlement doesn't require it to admit to wrongdoing.

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