Interesting ruling in Iowa, where state Board of Ed tells schools that they can not charge fees for school-day, curriculum-related field trips. Such fees are akin to tuition, rules the Board.

I can see the thinking here. Reminds me of a similar debate over during-school fundraising reward assemblies. I have no problem with all kinds of extra-curriculars, including those that might charge fees. But it does seem that -- especially at a public school -- that the school day should be open to all... and free.

You agree?

PS -- Speaking of field trip funds, Target has a generous field trip grant program that's worth a look.