Families who are charged by their public schools for elective classes, course materials, uniforms or school activities could soon have a way to file a complaint and get their money back — without going to the courts.
California’s American Civil Liberties Union affiliates sued the state of California this fall. The plaintiffs argued the state didn’t have a way to make sure schools were providing all children access to a free education as defined by a 1984 California Supreme Court ruling.
The two sides announced today they had reached a settlement, in which they agree to push for legislation that would expand the Williams complaint process — currently used to make sure school districts provide adequate textbooks and safe facilities for students — to include violations of illegal school fees.
If such a law is passed, how do you think it will affect your school, your family, or families you know? What fees, if any, has your school charged families?