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A nonprofit foundation has been touted as the fix to inequalities at Washington Elementary School, which assimilated the bankrupt private Harborside School as a program this year.

But similar arrangements have posed problems in Del Mar, where a foundation was formed to pay for arts teachers at its schools. Here’s what former voiceofsandiego.org staffer Vladimir Kogan wrote about it:

In a legal opinion released last week, consultants for the school district concluded that the district’s arrangement with the foundation violated a state constitution provision that prohibits schools from charging parents for education. The $190 goal, they said, amounted to a mandatory fee. The consultants also said the district may have broken federal privacy laws by turning over student names and addresses to the foundation.

We’re still waiting on calls from both San Diego Unified’s legal counsel and the now-retired attorney who cast doubt on the Del Mar foundation to clarify.

EMILY ALPERT

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