Schools can’t ask parents for supplies
August 13, 2013
Teachers in San Luis Obispo County schools will be paying more out of their own pockets for classroom supplies following passage of a new state law prohibiting schools from charging parents any kind of fee. (San Jose Mercury News)
The law, AB1575, took effect Jan. 1, and is the result of settlement of a lawsuit in which state officials were embroiled.
California’s Constitution guarantees students a free education. Many school officials in the state had initiated policies which asked or required parents to contribute to the cost of supplies for certain kinds of classroom activity.
The new law disallows schools from charging parents for anything, from pencils to field trips to football uniforms. In many instances, parents could not afford the additional charges, and that negatively affected students’ performance in class, state lawmakers decided.
Some teachers now say they will depend heavily on voluntary contributions from parents who have the financial resources to help.