The California Constitution provides for a system of free public education. The California Education Code states that "no school official shall require any pupil . . . to purchase instructional materials for the pupil's use in the school."(CA Ed Code sec. 60070)
Along similar lines, the California Department of Education has set regulations that provide that students "shall not be required to pay any fee, deposit or other charge" for educational or extracurricular activities, unless the fee is expressly authorized by law." (CA Code of Regs., Title 5, sec, 350)
Permissible Fees include:
**Parking on school grounds (authorized to charge the fee for processing applications)
**Field trips to other states, the District of Columbia, or a foreign country, as long as a student is not excluded due to an inability to pay
**Materials for art class, wood shop, etc., if permitted to take home whatever is made
**Lost or damaged books
**Caps and gowns
**Lost student IDs
**Transportation to and from school
**Generic gym clothing in the school's adopted colors
Unauthorized Fees include:
**Gym clothing with school logo, if the specific uniform with logo is required in order to be considered properly dressed for class. As described above, students can, however, be required to purchase a generic gym uniform (i.e., without logo) in the school's adopted colors.
**Student IDs required for use on campus or for admission to school activities.
**Fees for necessary equipment, such as paper, blue books, mechanical drawing sets, etc.
**Art and wood shop class materials (except to the extent students are allowed to take class projects home after completion)