Pennsylvania schools see threefold jump in sports fees

November 20, 2013 11:27:56 AM PST
A new survey finds Pennsylvania public school districts are nearly three times more likely than three years ago to charge students to participate in sports.

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association said Wednesday its survey found that 38 percent charge sports participation fees, up from 13 percent in 2010.

The survey said the fee sizes are also increasing and now average $80, while 11 percent of districts have cut sports, most commonly basketball, soccer or golf.

Schools have been under increasing financial pressure in recent years. Many districts increased real estate taxes, cut staff and programs, or both.

The survey also found that about one in five districts currently charges fees for other activities, such as band or chorus.