The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Ann Arbor Public Schools over their plan to charge $100 tuition per semester to students that take a 7th hour class. The Ann Arbor Board of Education and the district superintendent received a letter from the ACLU outlining their complaint citing constitutional grounds in which the “legislature shall maintain and support a system of free public elementary and secondary schools as defined by law”. The letter, dated June 12th, acknowledged that AAPS “is tasked with the difficult job of balancing the budget”, but urged the school board to act in accordance with the law and not approve the tuition plan.
The ACLU suit was filed yesterday in Washtenaw Circuit Court on behalf of two AAPS students. The 84 page complaint asks for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to prevent the charging of tuition for public education.
AAPS has a per pupil foundation grant of about $9,000, which is $2,000 more than the majority of districts in the state. The district serves nearly 17,000 students with $150 million in state funding accounting for 82 percent of their revenues.
Amy Kerr Hardin