Families and community organizations in Los Angeles and Oakland sued California this week, stating that it failed during the epidemic to provide free and equal education to low-income Black and Latino students that would have guaranteed the state constitution is.
According to the lawsuit, California has failed to provide critical equipment, assistance and oversight, as public schools have shifted to distance education in their effort to prevent the spread of coronovirus. It states that parents and grandparents have had to become tutor, counselor and computer technician due to insufficient response.
According to the complaint, “despite the fact that the home has become a special learning environment for children,” the complaint states, “The state has the opportunity to provide families with any training, assistance or input into schemes for distance education Have not given Instruction, or distribution of compensatory education. “
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Alameda Superior Court, stems from widespread concern that distance education has increased disparities in education for students who cannot use laptops or Wi-Fi – let alone private schools tuition Who have kept the classes open. In large districts across the country, Failure rate seems to be increasingParticularly among disadvantaged students, they were at increased risk of disengagement and dropout.
It is the latest in a series of legal efforts aimed at pressuring California to address socioeconomic disparities in its public school system.
The week before the epidemic began forcing schools to close classrooms in the spring, A. $ 50 million legal agreement Another lawsuit brought by the Public Council, a nonprofit legal aid organization, ended on behalf of California students who were not receiving adequate reading instruction in elementary schools. Public Advocate was also part of a coalition of advocacy groups last year University of California Lawsuit System, Assuming that the use of standardized tests for admission was harming Black and Latina students.
But the lawsuit also comes at an extremely difficult moment in the epidemic for California, which increases infection rates. Gov. Gavin Newsome spokesman Warned on monday The state may have to tighten public health restrictions, with the state acting to balance long-term educational needs with the immediate health crisis.
“During the epidemic this administration has taken important steps to protect student education, taking necessary steps to protect public health,” said spokesman Jessie Melgar. “We will defend our position in court.”