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Unlawful Pupil Fees Appeals

Information on the filing, investigation, and resolution of a complaint regarding the noncompliance with California Education Code sections 49010-49011 regarding pupil fees.

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What is an Unlawful Pupil Fees Complaint?

An Unlawful Pupil Fees complaint is a written statement alleging violation of a federal or state law or regulation related to noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees (California Education Code sections 49010-49013). A complaint alleging the violation of laws and regulations related to unlawful pupil fees must be filed by way of the Uniform Complaint Procedures as written in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 4600-4687.

The following documents describe the process for filing a complaint and provide useful information regarding pupil fees. Topics include referring complaint issues, local educational agency (LEA) responsibilities, LEA policies and procedures, filing a local complaint, timelines, appealing LEA decisions, department resolution procedures, the on-site investigation process, and the investigation and final report procedures of the California Department of Education (CDE).

Pupil Fees Informational Documents

Pupil Fees Brochure [] (DOC; 24-Jul-2014)
Accessible Alternate Version (AAV) of the Pupil Fees Brochure [] (24-Jul-2014)
The pupil fees brochure provides guidance to county superintendents of schools, district superintendents, and charter school administrators regarding the imposition of pupil fees for participation in educational activities in public schools.

Implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 1575 in Relation to Uniform Complaint Procedures [] (November 16, 2012, letter to County and District Superintendents)

Fiscal Management Advisory []
Regarding pupil fees, deposits, and other charges.

Questions:   Categorical Programs Complaints Management Office | Appeal Assistance Form | 916-319-0929
Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 2, 2018
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