Hearing on school fees lawsuit delayed until March

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A pre-trial hearing on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of fees public schools charge for sports and other activities has been reset.

On Thursday, 4th District Judge Lynn Norton scheduled a hearing for March 13 on a motion by the state to dismiss the lawsuit filed by former Nampa school superintendent Russell Joki.

Joki contends that fees assessed for classes, supplies and activities violate Idaho's constitutional promise of a free public education. The lawsuit names The Department of Education, the Idaho Legislature and all 115 of Idaho's public school districts.

But logistical snags are bogging down the case.

For now, the biggest hurdle is getting the lawsuit served to all of the school districts.

Norton said it's not fair to move forward until each district has a chance to respond.