A mother in San Lorenzo who saw the `pay to play‘ blog post wrote to tell me that her daughter’s new middle school was charging a $20 fee for electives.
Another mom sent me a letter from an Oakland middle school that listed prices for P.E. uniforms and clothing that matched the school’s dress code.
Jory Steele, managing attorney for the ACLU of Northern California, said the organization has received numerous complaints about schools that may be violating the 1984 Supreme Court ruling that public schools — and related activities and curriculum — must be free for all students.
“We are looking into it,” she said.
As schools are cutting back, I wonder if more are looking to families for help. Fundraising isn’t prohibited in the law, Steele said, but fees are a different story.
What does your child’s school require families to pay? Have you challenged this practice at your school or school district? What response did you receive?