High school fines student after 30 years

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One Wisconsin area school has gone to great lengths to make sure that all old fines are paid. A over-40-year-old man recently returned to his high school to get transcripts for a plumbing apprenticeship.

The school said fine, as long as he paid up fees from 30 years ago.

One of the fees was $7.95 for a missing algebra book and the other was $5 for an unpaid physical education fee. (Writer's note: At least it wasn't my high school. If I remember correctly, they tried to charge us close to $300 in fees for my senior year alone.)

According to state law, schools can't withhold a diploma or transcript, though many schools and districts do try to get their money before handing over the documents.

What is your take on the issue? Personally, I feel it is a bit silly to say "no money, no transcript" after 30 years. Should schools try to obtain fees after a student has graduated?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.