Assembly Bill 1974 will prevent children from being brought into the debt payment arrangements between a school and their parent. It does so by banning schools from taking action against a student to collect debt. It also prohibits schools from using private debt collectors.
In California, children have the right to a free public school education. Despite this, every year students are being punished because their families are unable to pay the increasing fees associated with attending school. Fees from bus rides to physical education clothes are causing parents to go into debt and keeping students from participating in educational field trips and even their own graduation ceremony. Additionally, some districts are going as far as selling the debt to a private for-profit debt collector, further burdening working-class families who are already struggling to survive.