Twenty-five bucks here, 100 bucks there — multiply that by thousands and it can add up to one big problem for Burbank Unified.
Legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown prohibits school districts from charging students fees for everything from transportation to away sports games to drama costumes. It was drafted in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that claimed the fees violated California's constitution, which guarantees a free public education to all students.
So Burbank schools have been grappling with how to continue to fund these activities, particularly because it appears students and their parents haven't voluntarily ponied up the cash.