L.A. Times Editorial Headline: “Charter schools’ volunteer demands may discourage needy students”

I’ve previously posted about a report on California charter schools which found that many require parents to volunteer their time as a condition of their child attending the school (see “Concern over charter schools’ requirement for volunteer time”).

Now — a little late — the Los Angeles Times has published an editorial commenting on the report. Here’s how it ends:

Once children are enrolled, it’s fine for schools to encourage voluntarism as a way of engaging parents in their children’s education. But setting discouraging rules should be prohibited. The state Board of Education should impose firm rules to stop schools from requiring unpaid parental labor; California students are guaranteed the right to a free and public education.

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