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Lodi Unified School District explores ways to get students to return textbooks

Next year, students who don't return books will be barred from graduation ceremonies; LUSD also exploring possibility of forcing parents to foot the bill

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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:56 am, Fri May 20, 2011.

With hopes of recouping more than half a million dollars in lost books annually, Lodi Unified School District is exploring the possibility of sending parents of students who do not return library books or textbooks to a collections agency.

Lisa Kotowski, who oversees the district's curriculum department, said administrators are investigating the idea brought forward during budget committee discussions, but they need to determine if it is legal and the appropriate action to take. No decisions have been made.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:26 pm on Mon, May 23, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    State law prohibits schools from denying a student a diploma if they've lost or haven't returned books

    I wish John Ring were in charge... I like his rules better...strange law.

  • John Ring posted at 8:27 am on Mon, May 23, 2011.

    John Ring Posts: 34

    It's real simple. If you don't return your textbooks you have to pay for them. If you don't take care of the bill before you graduate then you don't get your diploma or you do community service work until the debt is satisfied. Or, everyone has to buy their own textbooks like they do in college.

  • wendy coe posted at 7:13 am on Fri, May 20, 2011.

    wendy coe Posts: 39

    With all the laws that have been passed in this state and nation there must be one that addresses this irresponsibility. Someone needs to do the research. This also must be an expectation that is passed down all the way to kindergarten. Possession of district (state) property must be a crime. Elementary and Middle Schoolers do the same thing, and many of those books are expensive. If someone saw the lists you wouldn't be surprised to see the same name over and over again. The Williams Act mandation of a home set of textbooks is great, but is being misused by many. Maybe there needs to be a revision to the current Act.
    We are giving children the right to steal property.



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