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Release: #15-11
January 29, 2015
Contact: Communications
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Updated Parent Service Hours Guidelines

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced updated guidance on parent service hours requirements in schools.

"We encourage parents to volunteer at their schools, but we want to make it very clear that no school can require parents to volunteer in order for a student to enroll in school or participate in an educational activity," said Torlakson.

This comes after recent questions as to whether school districts or schools, including charter schools, can require parents to do work as a condition of allowing their child to enroll or otherwise receive an educational benefit or service at school.

Current law clearly states that a school district or school, including charter schools, shall not offer or remove course credit or privileges related to educational activities based on whether or not the school receives money or donations of goods or services from a pupil or a pupil's parents or guardians.

For additional information on current laws addressing this specific topic please view the California Department of Education's Fiscal Management Advisory 15-01 [Note: the preceding text link is no longer active].

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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