School Districts Can't Charge Parents for Basic Education

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Out of necessity, cash strapped schools have for years been asking parents to cover some of the most basic classroom needs:  craft supplies, a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, an Algebra book.

But it turns out that is illegal and California school districts have until Friday to draw up procedures for parents to complain if they feel their school is charging them for educational activities. 

The guidelines should provide parents and students a modified uniform complaint process so concerns can be resolved at the local level, without costly litigation. 

The deadline was established in Assembly bill 1575 signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last fall.

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