I called a parent today to let her know that the library shows a late/missing book, and that I would have to withhold the report card until the fine is paid. Mom said the book was never brought home...they searched everywhere and its NOT at home, and that the daughter last saw it in her old desk. She said she lost it in my class when we moved desks (and her book was left in her old desk). I told mom that the book hasn't surfaced despite the whole class cleaning out our desks. Mom said she wouldn't pay since the book was lost at school. I don't know whether the book was lost at school or home. I've never had a problem with students losing books in my class. I also have a very cohesive class (i.e. no little thieving hands). In fact, the last kid whose parent claimed it was lost at school had the book appear the next day at home. I just restated to the mom that "I am told to withhold the report card" until the fine is paid. To which she said "Good Bye" and hung up the phone. If she is being honest, I can understand her reluctance to pay for it, but then again, I certainly don't think I should pay for it either. Does the school just eat the cost?