Ann Arbor schools drop charge for 7th-hour class

The Ann Arbor Board of Education has reversed plans to charge high school students $100 per semester to take seventh-hour classes.

The unanimous vote Wednesday came after the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Ann Arbor Public Schools earlier this month. The suit on behalf of two high school students said the fees violated the Michigan Constitution.

The board nixed the fees for the upcoming school year and directed its planning committee to take up the topic for further study.

The board in June approved the charge at Huron and Pioneer high schools. The move was made in conjunction with a number of cuts and changes that the board authorized to help the district balance its budget and eliminate the $8.7 million shortfall it faced for 2013-14.