ACLU Lawsuit Alleges Schools Charging Illegal Fees

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit alleges California’s cash-strapped public schools have been charging illegal student fees.

A lawsuit announced Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union says at least 32 school districts statewide are charging for textbooks, uniforms and extracurricular activities.

The state Supreme Court ruled in 1984 that such fees violate the state constitutional guarantee to a free public education.

The lawsuit names Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as its defendant. Governor’s spokesman Matt Connelly says the administration is aware of the lawsuit and will review it when it is served.

San Diego’s school district rescinded fees last month after the ACLU wrote district officials a letter saying they were illegal.

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  • Buck

    Curiosity here but how is the ACLU funded. Do they get donations. Do that many work for free. Or do they get money from lawsuits. Just wondering

  • leroybrown

    illegal aliens

    • Ernesto


  • ginny

    Hey ACLU…Easy fix, Eliminate all textbooks, have teachers provide copied pages of wirk for each day. Eliminate all technology (computers, etc.) Uniforms, bring back the old time dress code…girls: dresses and skirts mid-kneww and no tee shirts, bare midriff, etc. No tennis shoes shorts or jeans. Boys – no shorts or jeans. Shirts with collars only. No tennis shoes. As for extracurricular activities, they can go because they aren’t really part of the education process. Problem solved.

  • ginny

    Sorry for typos. Sure the ACLU gets the point.

  • Ariel Bonzai

    If it did it would crack down on overcrowded conditions on inner city campuses. But when schools become a business expect more civil liberty violations against students and teachers stuck with these dysfunctional systems and being scapegoated for failures corruption caused.
    Do your homework at

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