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Parents plan start-time protest

Some District 65 parents say they plan to protest a shift in school start times this fall by withholding payment of school fees.

Pam Daniels, co-president of the Lincoln School PTA, told members of the Evanston/Skokie district school board Monday night that the 40-minute shift in start times, from 8:20 a.m. to 9 a.m., will raise costs for working parents by forcing them to pay for additional child care services.

She said the parents plan to seek fee waivers because the time shift will create a financial hardship for many parents.

She said nearly 200 parents have signed an online petition opposing the change and 88 have signed paper petitions in opposition.

The school administration told parents at Oakton, Lincoln and Lincolnwood schools about the time change in a letter sent home with students on Mary 23.

The school board earlier this month declined to override start-time change. The administration said that having matching start times at all the district’s schools would simplify the scheduling of professional training opportunities for teachers.

The student fees are $87 per student, or a maximum of $174 per family.

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