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Office of the Revisor of Statutes

It is the policy of the state of Minnesota that public school education shall be free and no
pupil shall be denied an education because of economic inability to furnish educational books
and supplies necessary to complete educational requirements necessary for graduation. Any
practice leading to suspension, coercion, exclusion, withholding of grades or diplomas, or
discriminatory action based upon nonpayment of fees denies pupils their right to equal protection
and entitled privileges. It is recognized that school boards do have the right to accept voluntary
contributions and to make certain charges and to establish fees in areas considered extra curricular,
noncurricular or supplementary to the requirements for the successful completion of a class or
educational program. No public school board may require, except as authorized by sections
123B.36 and 123B.38, the payment of fees.
History: 1974 c 561 s 2; 1998 c 397 art 1 s 58; art 11 s 3