Polar explorer and motivational speaker Robert Swan speaks to students in the auditorium at Leonardo da Vinci School in Sacramento earlier this month. Leonardo da Vinci, a highly sought-after public school, prides itself on parent participation. It no longer states on its website that families will be penalized for not volunteering after a civil rights group last year brought attention to the issue statewide, particularly at charter schools.
Polar explorer and motivational speaker Robert Swan speaks to students in the auditorium at Leonardo da Vinci School in Sacramento earlier this month. Leonardo da Vinci, a highly sought-after public school, prides itself on parent participation. It no longer states on its website that families will be penalized for not volunteering after a civil rights group last year brought attention to the issue statewide, particularly at charter schools. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Polar explorer and motivational speaker Robert Swan speaks to students in the auditorium at Leonardo da Vinci School in Sacramento earlier this month. Leonardo da Vinci, a highly sought-after public school, prides itself on parent participation. It no longer states on its website that families will be penalized for not volunteering after a civil rights group last year brought attention to the issue statewide, particularly at charter schools. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

California officials: Public schools cannot require parents to volunteer

January 29, 2015 12:12 PM

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