Monitoring Student Fees, Donations, and Fundraising Guidelines Compliance

Section 5 of Article IX of the State of California Constitution guarantees students a “free public
education.” The State Supreme Court concluded in the 1984 case of Hartzell v. Connell (35
Cal.3d.899 (1984)), “that all educational activities carried on by public school districts, extra-curricular
as well as curricular, must be without cost to the students who participate in such activities.” This same
ruling found that “mandatory fees for participating in such extra-curricular activities as drama, music,
and athletic competition were illegal under the State Constitution.” Furthermore, they also rejected the
argument that “fees could be charged so long as the district waived fees for students who were
financially unable to pay.”

Free Public Education – Article 9