California public schools allow ‘pay to learn' summer courses at high prices. Is it legal?

Two years ago, when Anne Bagasao's daughter Grace was a sophomore at South Pasadena High School, she reluctantly approached her mother with a reque...

December 8, 2022
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Two years ago, when Anne Bagasao's daughter Grace was a sophomore at South Pasadena High School, she reluctantly approached her mother with a request, knowing money was tight. Many of her peers planned to get ahead by taking U.S. history, a graduation requirement, over the summer through a class offered by an educational foundation that supports the district. She wanted to do the same. The cost was more than $500. Bagasao, a single mother, didn't have the money. But she was determined that her daughter have the same educational opportunities as her friends.

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