BYU Education & Law Journal


right to literacy, remote learning, Indiana's Uniform School System


The COVID pandemic has undoubtedly exposed new challenges in education. However, the reality is that it has also exposed pre-existing, underlying systemic problems, and exacerbated them to the point that the only responsible thing to do would be to deal with them in earnest. For curricular fees, specifically, permitting schools to charge fees for technology and require their use to access the classroom is running counter to the statutory permissive scheme Indiana has in place, likely past the point of being constitutional. Indiana has shown a willingness in the past to demonstrate that, at least for education, there really is no such thing as a free lunch. Undeniably, it would take a concerted legislative effort to change these permissive fees.