A charter school group in New Orleans is reportedly charging parents a $25 detention fee for unruly students.

“The program includes counseling by a licensed social worker for students and parents to address the root causes of the behavior,” Algiers Charter School said in a statement.

“Look, if your child is disruptive enough that they have to be sent to a Saturday detention then parents need to know that, right? And I think a fine may be that important wakeup call,” Sabrina Schaeffer said.


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Elizabeth MacDonald said some charter schools also force parents to attend detention with the students, and she said that works.

Rich Karlgaard said he would add a third punishment: Make the kids earn minimum wage by sweeping the floors.

“Charter schools exist because there is a lot of disorder in too many public schools, so they have to take disruptive students very seriously and get the message to parents,” Karlgaard said.

Watch the full panel discussion above.


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