The California Constitution mandates that public education be provided to students free of charge, unless a charge is specifically authorized by law for a particular program or activity. This constitutional right of free access encompasses all educational activities, whether curricular or extracurricular, and regardless of whether credit is awarded for the educational activity. A process that allows for a waiver process for an otherwise mandatory fee, charge or deposit does not render it constitutionally permissible.
The law does allow the District to request voluntary parent donations to support school-sponsored trips, activities, and afterschool sports; however, no child will be denied participation for these activities. All donations collected will go to support the total costs of the school-sponsored trip, activity and afterschool sport.
In addition, the law allows the District to ask students to assist with fundraising for school-sponsored trips, activities, and afterschool sports. Fundraising is voluntary and no child will be denied participation due to lack of participation in the fundraising activities.