Two weeks before the Vergara decision was issued, a case that challenges from a different angle state policies regarding the quality of education for low income students was filed in the Superior Court, Alameda County. In Cruz v. State of California, poor students of color from seven public schools claim that they are being denied an equal educational opportunity because they receive far less meaningful learning time than their peers who attend school in more affluent areas. The case was brought by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and a group of co-operating attorneys.
Plaintiffs allege that several interrelated factors divert substantial classroom time away from instruction, including:
Plaintiffs allege that the state’s failure to prohibit these activities and to monitor the amount of instructional time that is being provided to students in their schools denies them equal protection under both the state and federal constitutions and constitutes racial discrimination under California law. They seek declaratory relief and an injunction requiring the state to monitor the amount of meaningful instructional time being provided in these schools and to intervene in a timely manner when the amount of instructional time in a school falls below the state standard for meaningful instructional time.
June 17, 2014