California's Constitution affirms that students and parents cannot be required to pay money to gain access to educational activities, nor can they be charged for materials and supplies necessary to participate in educational activities.
"Educational activities" has been clearly defined to include extracurricular offerings such as music, sports, and some clubs. Moreover, the rules described above are believed to apply to all affiliated groups supporting district and school programs, including PTAs, booster organizations, and foundations.
In 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the state over impermissible fees, charges, and deposits imposed on public school students. Two years later, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that codified existing laws and judicial decisions while establishing reasonable enforcement measures for schools and districts. The ACLU subsequently dropped its suit.
Please refer to the following resources for further information:
Q & A Regarding Permissible Students Fees and Donations
Board Policy 3260 Fees and Charges
Education Code Acceptable Fees