The TribLIVE Education Team’s Back-to-School Series Continues with a Look at What It Costs Students to Participate in Extracurricular Activities Such as Sports and Marching Band. at Some Schools, Joining the Team Isn’t Free. It Comes with Both a Price Tag as Well as Fundraising Obligations [Derived Headline]

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The TribLIVE Education Team’s Back-to-School Series Continues with a Look at What It Costs Students to Participate in Extracurricular Activities Such as Sports and Marching Band. at Some Schools, Joining the Team Isn’t Free. It Comes with Both a Price Tag as Well as Fundraising Obligations [Derived Headline]


Martines, Jamie, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The TribLIVE Education Team’s back-to-school series continues with a look at what it costs students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports and marching band. At some schools, joining the team isn’t free. It comes with both a price tag as well as fundraising obligations.

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Here are five things you need to know about education today.

1. SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT: Black Bear Fundraising of Baldwin Borough wants to add a smartphone app to the array of third-party products that school groups sell as fundraisers, reports Debra Erdley for TribLIVE. And in an unusual move, writes Erdley, a local school board — rather than a booster group — is weighing the pitch.

2. PAY-TO-PLAY: Add Derry to the growing list of school districts assessing students with annual fees to participate in activities such as sports and marching band, Erdley reported. The district will ask $75 from students in high school sports and marching band, and $50 a year for those in seventh- and eighth-grade sports.

3. BACK TO SCHOOL: In case you missed it, the TribLIVE Education Team has been covering K-12 and college back-to-school over the last few weeks. From our series:

•FIRST DAY LIVE COVERAGE: Parents and educators tell us that they hope students will learn skills like teamwork, communication and empathy this school year — skills that will prepare them for life in an uncertain world beyond the schoolhouse doors.

•CYBER CHARTERS: What are they? And why are so many families choosing them over traditional brick-and-mortar public schools?

•WOODLAND HILLS HISTORY: The district was formed in 1981 as the result of a federal court order. …

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