Schools are charging students fees to participate in educational activities despite the California
Constitution guaranteeing “free schools” since 1879. This charging of fees is a direct result of the denial of equal educational opportunity for all children.
AB 1575 by Assembly member Ricardo Lara (D-South Gate) –Pupil fees was signed by Governor Brown 9/29/2012
Gov. Brown vetoed the predecessor bill because he believed local district compliance with the right to a free public education is essential and “those who fail should be held accountable."
The Legislature addressed the Governor's concerns AB 1575 does the following:
The bill now focuses narrowly on providing guidance to school administrators and allowing parents and students to raise their concerns through an existing administrative complaint process.
School administrators need to be sensitive when sanctioning fundraising activities that they are not infringing constitutional rights of all students.
Further, to prevent unconstitutional fees the State Department of Education is required to provide guidance to superintendents and administrators on a more regular basis.