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Pay-for-play bill ‘goes too far’

Gov. Brown vetoes bill addressing school-funding formula

Posted: October 8, 2011 8:41 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2011 8:59 p.m.
Gov. Jerry  Brown Gov. Jerry  Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown

A spokesman for Santa Clarita’s largest school district reacted Saturday to Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill that would have prohibited K-12 schools from charging fees for certain classes, sports and clubs.

“We will continue to monitor the situation as it continues to unfold,” said Gail Pinsker, William S. Hart Union School District spokesman. “We will also look to the California Department of Education to guide us on how we will react to Gov. Brown’s veto.”

The bill, by Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would have prevented public schools from charging fees for books, lab equipment and art supplies. The bill would have also prohibited schools from making fees a requirement to join teams or clubs.

In rejecting AB 165 on Saturday, Brown said it “goes too far.”

The bill was based on a lawsuit filed the by the ACLU last September arguing that the pay-to-play system violated the state Constitution. It would have mandated that every classroom in the state follow specific complaint procedures even when there were no complaints.

Brown says the “bill takes the wrong approach” to ensuring that children are guaranteed a free public education.


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