Parents sue LAUSD over distance learning plan

Sep 27, 2020 by

Complaint alleges district is failing to meet needs of most vulnerable students

A group of parents is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District, alleging its distance learning plan fails to adequately educate every child and that such violation of students’ Constitutional right to a free and appropriate education – particularly for low-income Black and Latino students, English learners and students with disabilities – amounts to race and wealth discrimination.

The district’s ability to meet the needs of its most vulnerable students was already sub-par prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but the quality of its programs and ability to engage with these students have worsened since schools closed in mid-March, the plaintiffs allege in their class-action suit, filed Thursday, Sept. 24, in LA Superior Court.

A large part of the problem was that families weren’t provided laptops or other devices, or did not have reliable internet, for their children to learn online when schools abruptly closed, parents said. The issue appeared to be widespread during the spring and has remained a problem in the fall, parents say.

There were also frequent complaints that there wasn’t enough live instructional time with teachers and a lack of communication with parents about their children’s progress or how families could support their students’ education.

In August, the district reached an agreement with the teachers union, requiring teachers to provide daily live instruction and for there to be regular communication with parents. The agreement also stipulated that permanent district employees represented by the union would not be evaluated this school year.

Source: Parents sue LAUSD over distance learning plan – Daily News

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