CA ban on school fees
Original post made by A weary parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 3, 2013
Note the third to last paragraph regarding PAUSD schools. Does it really make a difference if fees are "voluntary" when they are expected nonetheless? (PAUSD seems quite oblivious to this law, which covers extracurriculars. ) For example, letters for the 8th grade field trip to Great America, which of course entails a cost, were just sent. Although there is an "option" not to go, how is it in any way educational to be merely "supervised" during an entire day while the rest of one's classmates go to an amusement park? Fees might not be a consideration for most P.A. parents, but we don't have $20 million lying around to raze and rebuild a gym or pool or whatnot.