Lawsuit Targets Learning Time For “Low-Performing” California Schools


The San Francisco Chronicle (5/30, Tucker) reports that students from seven “low-performing” schools in California “filed an unusual class-action lawsuit against the state and its top education officials Thursday, claiming they have received far less learning time than other, more affluent kids across the state.” According to the Chronicle, the case differs from other education lawsuits – which tend to focus on “equal access to tangible resources” – in that it “addresses a more fundamental part of a public education: the time it takes to learn.” According to the Chronicle, the lawsuit, which was filed by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the pro bono law firm Public Counsel, “identified several reasons for what it calls lost learning time, including a lack of teachers at the start of the school year, incomplete class schedules, the aftermath of traumatic lockdowns, overreliance on substitutes to fill long-term vacancies and ‘service’ courses that require students to do office work or other tasks.”