News article about School Supplies and Fees

A former school trustee is once again telling parents they do not have to pay for pens, paper, glue and any fees for other school supplies.

In 2006 John Young successfully sued the Victoria School Board and the Education Ministry to ensure schools would provide all supplies.

As a result he says schools must provide standard courses and all materials, free of charge.

“They’re acting illegally if they try to deprive a student of a full program leading to graduation,” says Young.

Young advises parents that if their child’s school charges a fee to cover those costs, they should simply refuse to pay.

“The school must provide everything that child needs in order to achieve graduation status, there are no exceptions to that, although school boards all over the province just ignore the School Act and make a long list of supplies that schools have to purchase.”

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