LA judge upholds ACLU lawsuit over school fees 

A Los Angeles judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the state of failing to ensure that school districts provide a free education.

Superior Court Judge Carl West on Thursday upheld the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union-Southern California in 2010 over fees that districts charge students for books and supplies.

The ACLU says fees violate the California Constitution's mandate for a free public education, and that the state is responsible for ensuring districts comply.

The state Department of Education said it was not responsible for individual districts' actions, but the judge disagreed and allowed the lawsuit to proceed.

Many districts have sought to make up state funding cuts in recent years by charging students for everything from extracurricular activities to assigned novels for English classes.

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