Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
Quantity:
Subtotal
Taxes
Shipping
Total
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

California School Fiscal Services

Providing comprehensive business office and consulting services to K-12 traditional schools and charters

Blog

Blog

SCHOOLS: No pay for play uniforms and equipment

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Happy Friday!


Here is a great summary and Q and A regarding charging fees to parents.  This has been a source of confusion for a long time now with some districts entrenched in old habits that are no longer appropriate.  So, check it out and see if your polices need some updating.  

Enjoy your weekend

-----------------------

The Press Enterprise

BY CRAIG SHULTZ / STAFF WRITER

PAY AND PLAY QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Q. May a school charge students for elective classes or extracurricular activities?

 

A. No. It does not matter if the class or activity is compulsory or elective.


 

Q. May a school charge fees only to those students who can afford them and offer waivers for those who can't?

 

A. No. A waiver process based on financial need or inability to pay does not make an otherwise impermissible fee permissible.


 

Q. Are there any fees that a school may charge?

 

A. Some specific fees, charges and deposits are legally permissible. For example, schools may charge for optional attendance as a spectator at a school or district-sponsored activity, food served to students and the cost of replacing school books or supplies loaned to a student that the student fails to return or willfully damages.


 

Q. May a school request and receive donations from parents and guardians?

 

A. Yes. The key point is that the donations must be truly voluntary. A student's participation in a class, program or activity cannot be conditioned upon receipt of a "donation."

 

source: American Civil Liberties Union

----------------------------------------

There was a time when participating in extracurricular activities came with a price tag for students. Athletes had to purchase “spirit packs” and members of the band paid annual fees for uniforms and travel. And while the money was often considered a “donation,” it was understood if you want to play, you had to pay.

Not any more.

“If it’s going to be used in a contest, we have to pay for it,” said longtime San Jacinto High Athletic Director Jeff Snyder.

Things changed after the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state in 2010, alleging that school districts illegally charged fees for educational activities and materials in violation of the right to a free and equal public education in California. As part of the settlement, a bill enacted in 2012 ensures public school students are not charged as a condition of participating in educational activities.

Now schools are adjusting, but there are challenges. After all, uniforms and equipment are not getting any cheaper.

There are still traditional fundraisers, such as car washes and sales of magazines and others items, and parents and others may still donate, but they cannot be forced to. And money can longer go to an individual student’s account, only to an entire program.

That means more money must come from school budgets.

Lake Elsinore Unified School District spokesman Mark Dennis said there are no specific uniform allocations for their three high schools. The district provides money to each campus for activities, “but it is up to the site to purchase sports uniforms to meet the needs of the athletic program and student participants,” he wrote in an email.

And it’s not just sports that are affected. All activities must be free for public school students.

Jerry Burdick-Rutz, band director at Great Oak High in Temecula, said parents are still helping fill funding gaps in his program.

“Prior to and after the ACLU ruling I have found the parents and school district to be supportive of the students, and the music programs,” he said. “Especially when our tax dollars fall short of the program needs, the parents are there to help support items such as instruments, uniforms, coaching, music and transportation.”

The change has impacted some areas more than others. The massive Los Angeles Unified School District, for example, earlier this month agreed to spend $9 million over the next three years to provide student-athletes with team uniforms in all sports across its 83 high schools.

Daryl Strickland, a spokesman for LAUSD, said individual schools may have a voluntary donation program to purchase customized jerseys, pay for tournaments or purchase additional spirit gear, but none of these are required for participation on the team.

“All of our athletic programs have been instructed that there can be no mandatory fees for participation,” he said. “However, many schools did not have uniforms to issue to the student athletes.”

Snyder said teams will use sporting uniforms longer. When new togs are needed, they go to the varsity, with older uniforms being handed down to junior varsity and freshmen teams. Which brings up another issue.

“If you’re going to keep them longer, you have to have a little better quality,” which often costs more, Snyder said.

The ACLU lawsuit followed an investigation by the organization that found what it called widespread practices among school districts of charging students for materials for academic courses and after-school activities. The suit contended that charging for educational essentials discriminates against lower-income children, resulting in an unfair system.

Snyder said students can still pay for additional items. For example, if a cheerleader wants her name on the back of her uniform, she can pay for it and keep it. But there also are uniforms available that remain at the school to be used year after year.

Same as if a coach wants a team to have special warm-up gear or other items.

“If a student says ‘I can’t afford it,’ we have to buy it,” Snyder said.


Categories: Supporting Educational Support Systems

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

669 Comments

Reply irving shoes
10:31 PM on November 26, 2021 
I enjoy you because of all of your effort on this blog. My mother really likes engaging in internet research and it's really simple to grasp why. All of us know all regarding the compelling tactic you convey rewarding ideas through this website and in addition recommend response from other people on this idea plus my girl has always been understanding a lot of things. Take advantage of the remaining portion of the new year. You're the one carrying out a very good job.
irving shoes http://www.kyrieirving-shoes.us.com
Reply golden goose
10:30 PM on November 26, 2021 
I and my friends were found to be looking through the excellent points from your website while the sudden I had an awful suspicion I never thanked the site owner for those tips. All of the men were definitely totally happy to learn all of them and already have in reality been taking pleasure in these things. Thank you for simply being considerably considerate and also for finding certain superb resources millions of individuals are really wanting to understand about. My sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to you earlier.
golden goose http://www.goldengoosessale.com
Reply cheap jordans
2:12 PM on November 26, 2021 
I would like to express thanks to this writer just for bailing me out of this trouble. After surfing around throughout the online world and getting solutions which are not pleasant, I believed my entire life was over. Being alive devoid of the solutions to the issues you've fixed all through this short post is a crucial case, as well as the kind that could have in a wrong way affected my entire career if I hadn't come across your blog. Your own expertise and kindness in playing with a lot of things was very helpful. I'm not sure what I would have done if I hadn't come across such a solution like this. I can also at this moment look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot so much for your expert and result oriented guide. I will not think twice to endorse your site to any individual who requires guide about this subject.
cheap jordans http://www.jordansforcheap.us.com
Reply yeezy 700
2:12 PM on November 26, 2021 
I simply needed to appreciate you again. I do not know what I would've done in the absence of the techniques contributed by you directly on such a question. It had been a alarming concern in my position, however , looking at your specialised approach you treated that made me to leap with contentment. I will be happy for this advice and in addition trust you realize what a great job that you are carrying out training the mediocre ones by way of your web blog. I am certain you've never got to know all of us.
yeezy 700 http://www.yeezy-shoes.us.org
Reply supreme clothing
2:12 PM on November 26, 2021 
I in addition to my pals have been looking through the great tips and hints from the website and quickly I got a terrible suspicion I never expressed respect to the site owner for those secrets. All the boys ended up for this reason excited to study them and now have without a doubt been tapping into them. Many thanks for simply being so thoughtful as well as for deciding on this kind of incredibly good guides millions of individuals are really desperate to learn about. My honest apologies for not saying thanks to you sooner.
supreme clothing http://www.supremes-clothing.com
Reply off white
2:12 PM on November 26, 2021 
I would like to point out my respect for your generosity in support of individuals that require help with this important issue. Your special commitment to getting the solution all-around appeared to be certainly productive and have consistently enabled women much like me to get to their dreams. Your entire warm and friendly hints and tips can mean so much to me and further more to my fellow workers. Many thanks; from everyone of us.
off white http://www.off-whiteshoes.us.com
Reply kyrie shoes
2:11 PM on November 26, 2021 
I want to express some thanks to you for rescuing me from such a situation. As a result of looking out through the the net and seeing recommendations that were not helpful, I assumed my entire life was well over. Living without the solutions to the difficulties you've fixed by way of the posting is a crucial case, and ones that might have in a wrong way damaged my career if I had not come across your blog. Your actual capability and kindness in playing with the whole thing was priceless. I'm not sure what I would've done if I had not come across such a thing like this. I can also now look ahead to my future. Thanks for your time very much for this professional and results-oriented guide. I will not hesitate to endorse your blog post to any person who ought to have guide on this subject matter.
kyrie shoes http://www.kyrie4shoes.us
Reply birkin bag
2:10 PM on November 26, 2021 
My wife and i felt glad that Louis managed to conclude his reports through the entire ideas he acquired out of your site. It's not at all simplistic to simply find yourself freely giving points which the rest have been making money from. Therefore we figure out we have the website owner to appreciate for this. Most of the explanations you made, the easy site navigation, the friendships you will make it easier to foster - it's most amazing, and it's really making our son in addition to us reason why the article is brilliant, which is certainly incredibly vital. Thank you for everything!
birkin bag http://www.birkinbag.us.com
Reply longchamp
12:19 AM on November 25, 2021 
My spouse and i have been now comfortable when Edward managed to finish up his preliminary research because of the precious recommendations he received through your web page. It is now and again perplexing to simply possibly be giving away tactics which often some people have been selling. And we also fully understand we've got the writer to give thanks to for this. Most of the illustrations you have made, the easy website navigation, the relationships you will make it easier to engender - it is many terrific, and it's really facilitating our son in addition to the family feel that the theme is satisfying, and that is exceptionally serious. Thank you for the whole thing!
longchamp http://www.longchampshandbags.us.org
Reply curry 6 shoes
12:18 AM on November 25, 2021 
My spouse and i ended up being really glad Ervin could round up his web research using the precious recommendations he discovered from your very own web site. It's not at all simplistic to just happen to be freely giving guidance that many men and women have been selling. And we all consider we need the writer to be grateful to for that. The type of explanations you've made, the easy blog navigation, the friendships you help to instill - it's most wonderful, and it is assisting our son in addition to us do think that matter is brilliant, and that's exceedingly indispensable. Thank you for everything!
curry 6 shoes http://www.curry6.net
Reply golden goose
12:18 AM on November 25, 2021 
I just wanted to develop a brief message to be able to express gratitude to you for these magnificent hints you are writing here. My time consuming internet search has at the end been compensated with extremely good content to exchange with my friends. I 'd believe that most of us site visitors actually are unquestionably blessed to exist in a fantastic site with so many marvellous individuals with useful hints. I feel really blessed to have seen the website page and look forward to plenty of more amazing moments reading here. Thank you again for everything.
golden goose http://www.goldengoose-shoes.us.com
Reply kyrie irving shoes
12:16 AM on November 25, 2021 
I want to express my love for your kindness in support of persons who need guidance on this one concept. Your very own commitment to getting the solution across turned out to be incredibly valuable and has always enabled professionals like me to reach their targets. The invaluable key points entails much to me and additionally to my office workers. Thanks a lot; from each one of us.
kyrie irving shoes http://www.kyrieirving-shoes.us.com
Reply yeezy 350
9:38 PM on November 22, 2021 
I want to convey my respect for your kindness giving support to visitors who require help with in this situation. Your personal commitment to passing the solution around appears to be surprisingly powerful and has always made many people just like me to reach their objectives. Your own warm and friendly report means much to me and a whole lot more to my office workers. Regards; from everyone of us.
yeezy 350 http://www.yeezy350v2s.com
Reply kyrie shoes
9:38 PM on November 22, 2021 
I wish to voice my passion for your generosity giving support to those people who really want guidance on this particular theme. Your personal commitment to passing the message throughout came to be rather valuable and has in most cases permitted men and women much like me to arrive at their goals. Your entire invaluable guideline indicates this much to me and even more to my mates. Best wishes; from all of us.
kyrie shoes http://www.kyrieirvingshoes.us.com
Reply kyrie shoes
9:37 PM on November 22, 2021 
I am only writing to make you understand what a magnificent encounter my wife's princess encountered browsing your webblog. She mastered a wide variety of issues, which included what it's like to have a wonderful coaching character to make the others without hassle master selected multifaceted issues. You actually did more than my expected results. Many thanks for delivering the essential, safe, revealing as well as unique guidance on that topic to Ethel.
kyrie shoes http://www.kyrie4shoes.us
Reply hermes online
1:21 PM on November 16, 2021 
I and also my friends ended up reading the best procedures from the blog while the sudden came up with a horrible feeling I had not thanked you for those techniques. Those guys were consequently very interested to read all of them and now have extremely been using them. We appreciate you simply being really thoughtful and then for picking variety of ideal subject matter millions of individuals are really desperate to learn about. My personal sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to you earlier.
hermes online http://www.hermesonlineshop.com
Reply jordan shoes
1:20 PM on November 16, 2021 
I must show appreciation to you just for bailing me out of this challenge. Right after searching throughout the the web and obtaining techniques which are not helpful, I was thinking my life was over. Existing without the presence of answers to the difficulties you have fixed by way of your main posting is a serious case, and the kind that could have adversely affected my entire career if I had not noticed your web site. The skills and kindness in taking care of a lot of things was helpful. I'm not sure what I would have done if I hadn't come upon such a point like this. I'm able to at this time relish my future. Thanks for your time so much for your professional and result oriented guide. I won't think twice to endorse your web sites to any individual who ought to have recommendations on this issue.
jordan shoes http://www.jordan13.us.com
Reply supreme clothing
1:20 PM on November 16, 2021 
I as well as my pals ended up examining the excellent guidelines found on the blog and at once came up with a terrible suspicion I had not expressed respect to you for those secrets. My young men were definitely absolutely very interested to learn all of them and have now very much been loving them. Appreciate your truly being simply accommodating and for picking out some perfect resources most people are really eager to discover. My personal honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.
supreme clothing http://www.supremeoutlet.us.com
Reply curry shoes
1:18 PM on November 16, 2021 
My wife and i were really joyous that Michael could round up his reports because of the ideas he discovered out of the web site. It is now and again perplexing just to continually be freely giving secrets which usually the others have been making money from. And we all consider we have got the website owner to appreciate for this. The most important illustrations you have made, the straightforward site navigation, the friendships you help create - it is everything unbelievable, and it's facilitating our son and us believe that that content is awesome, which is certainly particularly essential. Thank you for the whole lot!
curry shoes http://www.curry8.us
Reply jordan 1
1:18 PM on November 16, 2021 
I intended to write you that very little observation to help give thanks over again just for the pleasing solutions you have documented on this site. It's certainly generous with you to provide freely just what some people could possibly have sold for an electronic book in order to make some dough for their own end, and in particular considering that you might well have tried it in the event you considered necessary. These creative ideas likewise worked to be the good way to realize that other people online have a similar eagerness like mine to know lots more in terms of this matter. I am certain there are many more pleasurable periods up front for many who examine your blog.
jordan 1 http://www.jordan1shoes.us