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TAXPAYERS GROUP GIVES BOOST TO `ZERO TOLERANCE’

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The Utah Taxpayers Legal Foundation has contributed $1,000 to Park City School District to help in the district's defense of a "zero tolerance" policy.

Several parents sued the district after their children were expelled for allegedly bringing drugs and a weapon to school.The foundation made a donation to help send a message that violence, drugs, guns and disruptive behavior have no place in Utah's public schools, said Howard Stephenson, director of the Utah Taxpayer Association.

The foundation encouraged other Utah organizations or individuals who support the school district to send donations to Superintendent Don J. Fielder, Park City School District, P.O. Box 680310, Park City, UT 84068.

The foundation was established in 1992 to defend the rights of taxpayers in the courts, particularly when taxing entities step over their legal bounds. The foundation's board of trustees determined the Park City situation merited help because "the loss of public education's ability to maintain a positive learning environment would seriously erode the effectiveness of the taxes we pay for our schools," Stephenson said.

"We feel that teachers should be able to reclaim their classrooms from disruptive students and that the public schools should not have to tolerate students who wish to hold the educational process hostage," he said.