09/19/2020

Judge allows suit accusing California of providing inadequate education to kids

A judge has given the go-ahead to a lawsuit accusing California of violating the rights of hundreds of thousands of minority and poor children to equal access to educational literacy.

The suit was filed in December on behalf of elementary school students and their families in two districts in Los Angeles and Stockton and a charter school in Los Angeles County. Lawyers said the lead plaintiff was a 7-year-old second-grader who couldn’t spell words like “need” and “help,” and that some Stockton students “start crying when asked to read aloud in class.”

They also said 11 of the nation’s 26 lowest-performing large school districts are in California, which ranks near the bottom of the states in both school funding and test scores.

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