PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state panel will review a ruling that allowed Cumberland school officials to charge fees for students to attend summer school — which civil liberties advocates say violates the right to a free public education.
The Council of Elementary and Secondary Education will take up a parent’s appeal of the ruling Monday. Education Commissioner Deborah Gist ruled in March that Cumberland can charge fees for summer school.
The Providence Journal reports that the parent is appealing a $700 charge for her child to attend summer school in Cumberland.
The state chapter of the ACLU says Gist’s ruling would undermine the guarantee of a free public education and have a devastating effect on low-income students.
Gist said in her ruling that school districts aren’t required to offer summer programs.