Public schools shouldn't tap students for fees

August 08, 2012

It's no surprise that California's cash-strapped public school districts have been looking for new ways to generate funding for student supplies and activities. It is surprising that some of them have been attempting to use their students as that new revenue source.

Extracting fees for student activities is nothing new - any public school parent can tell you that schools have been asking parents to kick in contributions for certain student needs, like transportation or school lunches, for decades.