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A growing number of schools are offering students the convenience of an ATM. At Oregon City High School in northwest Oregon, an ATM stands near the school, store and snack bar. It is a potential, moneymaker for the school, which charges $1.25 on top of the usual bank fees.

At Grossmont High School in El Cajon, Calif., students use the ATM to obtain funds for things like lunch and dance tickets. A survey of 2,000 youths by Teen Research Unlimited found that 1 in 50 students aged 16 and 17 has access to an ATM at school. But critics argue that ATMs in schools encourage consumerism. "The school is not a mall," says Gary Ruskin, executive director of Commercial Alert, a watchdog group.

"Anything that conveys that message detracts from the integrity and moral authority of the school and its ability to educate students."
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Title Annotation:Money
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 24, 2005
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