California’s education department is telling schools that it’s illegal to require parents to volunteer at a public school.
The department’s advisory is a reaction to a report released in November that found many charter schools had parent work quotas. Of the 500 schools analyzed by the nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization Public Advocates, 30 percent required parents to do service work for the school or face penalties.
The report argued that such policies discriminate against some households.
A version of this article appeared in the February 18, 2015 edition of Education Week as Calif. Tells Schools to Drop Parent-Volunteering Rules