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Ads could be returning to Seattle Public Schools

The Seattle School board is considering allowing ads at fields and stadiums to help close ever growing gaps. (AP)

The Seattle School board is considering allowing advertising at local sports facilities to help close an ever growing budget gap.

Advertising in Seattle Schools was banned in 2004. The money that it brought in was used to fund student body activities like sports, drama, and other extracurriculars.

Students and their families have been asked to pay more for those programs ever since. The school board thinks it's time to change the policy and allow some limited advertising to help offset those costs.

The board is proposing Wednesday, it wants to allow ads at stadiums, sports fields, on scoreboards, and on the annual school calendar. The type of ads would be tightly regulated.

A district spokeswoman says the advertising alone could bring in an estimated $20,000 a year.

The board will pass the final budget next month.

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