Schools getting squeezed from state aid cuts could charge for summer sessions
New Jersey parents could end up having to pay the cost of sending their kids to summer school.
Some school districts in the Garden State have canceled remedial and advanced summer school programs because they don’t have the money for them.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Nicholas Sacco would allow schools to charge tuition for those summer classes.
“Some places like in the township where I live are paying about half a million dollars for summer school. By having students pay on a sliding scale this will cover some of the costs and it may be able to see the summer school remain open in the future years.”
But Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande says having to pay would discourage some parents from sending their kids to summer school and would increase costs for having those children repeat grades the next school year.
The Assembly has approved the tuition plan, and if the Senate goes along, it would take effect this summer.