Public schools across the nation, many facing budget shortfalls, have been charging students fees to use textbooks or to take required tests or courses. Now, a civil liberties group is suing California over those proliferating fees, arguing that the state has failed to protect the right to a free public education, reports the New York Times. Experts said it was the first case of its kind, and could tempt parents in other states to file similar suits. In the suit, the American Civil Liberties Union names 35 school districts across California that list on their web sites the fees their...

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