Law & Courts

Calif. Schools Must Put Fee-Complaint Systems in Place by Friday

By Bryan Toporek — February 27, 2013 1 min read

By Friday, all California public schools need to have in place a system for complaints about potential violations of the state’s guarantee to a free public education, under a law passed last fall.

In essence, the law prevents public schools (including charters and other alternative public schools) from charging students mandatory pay-to-play fees for interscholastic athletics, among other educational activities.

Since the late 1800s, Article IX, Sec. 5 of the California Constitution has required the state legislature to “provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be kept up and supported in each district.” In 1984, the state Supreme Court ruled in

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.