ACLU Sues Ann Arbor Schools Over 7th Hour Student Fee

Aug 8, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Ann Arbor Public Schools over a plan to charge students $100 per semester to take seventh-hour classes.  The ACLU said it filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of two high school students, saying the fees violate the Michigan Constitution.   ACLU Michigan Director Kary Moss says students "should not be forced to pay the price for budget shortfalls." She says the constitution makes it clear that "public education should be as free as the air we breathe."  District spokeswoman Liz Margolis says school officials haven't yet received the complaint and will comment after reading it.  The ACLU says the district classified seventh-hour class at Huron and Pioneer high schools as optional and set fees for them.