San Diego schools drop fees ACLU says are illegal

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Unified School District has rescinded an array of extracurricular school fees after a group alleged the charges violate the state Constitution's guarantee of free public schools.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the charges at various schools included more than $1,000 to be a cheerleader, $545 in band fees, and $300 to cover instruments, uniforms, festival entry fees and coaching.

School district attorney Andra Donovan says the district is not charging those fees and has alerted athletic directors they are inappropriate.

Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District dropped a plan to ask student athletes for a $24 donation to pay for buses to games.

A call to the state Department of Education was not immediately returned.

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