On July 27, 2017 CDE issued amended guidance on pupil fees outlined in Fiscal Management Advisory 17-01.
One area of clarification that is exciting as school gets ready to start states:
As for school supplies, EC section 38118 provides:
Writing and drawing paper, pens, inks, blackboard erasers, crayons, lead pencils, and other necessary supplies for the use of the schools shall be furnished under direction of the governing board of the school district
The Attorney General has issued an opinion that all of the following are "necessary supplies" and therefore, if the school district requires that pupils use such items, the school district must provide them to pupils for free in order to participate in regular classroom work in the particular subjects involved.
Art material for art classes and mechanical drawing sets;
Cloth to be used in dressmaking classes and wood for carpentry classes;
Gym suits for physical education classes; 18
Bluebooks in which to write a final examination; and
Paper on which to write a theme or report when such theme or report is a required assignment.