On September 24th, a group of Black and Latino families, organized through Innovate Public Schools and Parent Revolution, filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District for not providing their kids with what they need for distance learning this fall. These nine parents are insisting that their children’s’ futures, and the futures of the 500,000 students enrolled in the district, are worth more than what they are getting from LAUSD.
Check out this story from the Associated Press, which features Akela Wroten, Jr., a parent leader from Innovate’s Black Student Achievement parent group.
And this story from the LA Times featuring Judith Larson, an Innovate parent from our SouthEast LA parent group.
LAUSD has denied opportunities to Black and Latino students for decades, and now the district is violating students’ constitutional right to an education with a deeply flawed distance learning plan that leaves students isolated and unsupported.
Expert witnesses for the lawsuit agree:
“LAUSD’s current plan for distance learning in the 2020-2021 school year constitutes a real and present threat to the education and well-being of LAUSD’s students, especially the most vulnerable.” – Professor Paul Reville, Harvard University
“I am particularly concerned that the current plan all but ensures that students with disabilities, and possible other students at risk, will have depressed academic achievement, fall behind in all academic areas, and have their social emotional skills thwarted.” –Professor Mark Alter, New York University
“The consequences will likely be devastating for substantial numbers of students, their families and the community.” –Professor Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University
Parents are taking a bold step in challenging the district’s distance learning plan in court to fight for what we know to be true: our kids’ futures are worth more. Here’s how you can support them:
- Tell us about your distance learning experience here and share this website with other LAUSD parents.
- Follow @WorthMoreLA on Twitter and Facebook.
- If your organization is interested in learning more about the filing and how you can support, parents and organizers from the WorthMoreLA campaign can organize a dedicated presentation for your members.
We will keep you updated as we push the district to not only correct the immediate harms to our children, but to create a new, more equitable public education system that is rooted in the worth of all children.