California schools may soon take this issue a bit more seriously, as the ACLU is now suing:
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Friday for allowing school districts to charge students for books, uniforms, classes and other basic supplies.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that more than 30 districts require students and their families to pay for basic supplies that are supposed to be provided at no cost. Districts cited in the lawsuit include Beverly Hills, Burbank and Long Beach.
It will be interesting to see if the suit looks into the fees charged for school athletics and cheerleading :-)
I don't often agree with the ACLU but I'll give them props when they do something right--and this is definitely one of those times.