Idaho parents seek reimbursement of back school fees

Parents in West Ada and Pocatello school districts have filed class action lawsuits demanding the districts repay them for student fees charged for credit-bearing classes for the past two years.

In West Ada, reimbursement could be as much as $2 million a year; in Pocatello it could be hundreds of thousands a year, the lawsuits say.

Both cases, represented by Boise attorney Robert Huntley, come after a 2015 ruling in Fourth District Court reiterating the unconstitutionality of charging fees for classes that students must take to graduate.

The plaintiffs are Molly A. Hyde, from West Ada, and Mike Zeyen and Rachel Booth from Pocatello. Suits were filed in Fourth and Sixth district courts.

West Ada declined comment on the lawsuit. Pocatello district administrators could not be reached for comment.