California’s $53 Million Lawsuit Settlement to Improve Reading

Children of the Promise Prep Academy

Children of Promise Preparatory Academy, a charter school in the Inglewood Unified School District is one of the schools that filed the lawsuit.

On Thursday February 20, 2020, in the Los Angeles Superior Court, 75 elementary public traditional and charter schools won a $53 million lawsuit settlement against the State of California for violating the students’ civil rights. The Ella T. vs. the State of California, lawsuit filed by students and their teachers two years ago claimed that the state denied the students their constitutional right to an equal access to a quality education because the students did not meet state standards in reading.

The lawsuit was filed by Public Counsel, a pro bono public interest law firm and the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. “We shouldn’t have to be filing lawsuits to establish a right to read. Achieving literacy for all children is one of the single most urgent issues in California, “This settlement is a milestone in that struggle,” said attorney Mark Rosenbaum from the Public Counsel law firm.

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Ramon Cortines Declares No Ipads for all Los Angeles Unified School District’s Students

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times today, Friday February 20, 2015 by Howard Blume , Ramon Cortines, the Interim Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District declared that the school district does not have enough funds to provide IPADS for every student, teacher and administrator to fulfill an “ill-fated $1.3-billion” initiative by John Deasy, the former superintendent. Students will be provided computers for testing and instruction as needed. Superintendent Cortines stated, “I don’t believe we can afford a device for every student … Education shouldn’t become the gimmick of the year.”