VETOED	DATE: 10/08/2011

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 165 without my signature.
This bill responds to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the state,
alleging that some local school districts are denying students their
right to a free public education by charging improper fees for
classes and extracurricular activities.  Local district compliance
with this right is essential, and those who fail should be held
accountable.  But this bill takes the wrong approach to getting
The bill would mandate that every single classroom in California post
a detailed notice and that all 1,042 school districts and over 1,200
charter schools follow specific complaint, hearing and audit
procedures, even where there have been no complaints, let alone
evidence of any violation.  This goes too far.

Edmund G. Brown Jr.