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Parent Groups Sue LAUSD And CA Over Handling Of Distance Learning. Where Should The Blame Fall?




Hollywood High Teachers Assistant Yolanda Franco conducts class remotely on September 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Hollywood High Teachers Assistant Yolanda Franco conducts class remotely on September 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Nine parents of Los Angeles Unified students filed a class action lawsuit in September against the state's largest school district over how it handles distance learning, arguing the district's online offerings fall short and violate their children's right to an education.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Black and Latino parents, parents of students with special needs, and parents of students learning English. Surveys of parents and the district's own data have shown that students in these groups, in particular, have struggled with distance learning. In a prior statement, an LAUSD spokesperson had said: "Many of the challenges society faces present themselves in schools including the impact of COVID-19. School districts like Los Angeles Unified have to balance the sometimes conflicting priorities of the learning needs of students and the health and safety of all in the school community.” Seven families also took the state of California to court this week arguing that the state is not providing “basic educational equality,” according to Politico.

Today on AirTalk, we check in on where parents’ arguments stand and what challenges exist for both students and districts as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. We also want to hear from you. Are you an education or a parent of a student? If you have thoughts, call us at 866-893-5722. 

We reached out to LAUSD, but they were unavailable for an interview.  

With files from LAist. Read the full story from Carla Javier here 

Guests:

Judith A. Larson, a plaintiff in the class action lawsuit and a parent leader in the Worth More LA movement, which consists of a group of parents and community members who are critical of educational cuts that impact Los Angeles children

John Rogers, professor of education at UCLA, where he’s also faculty director of Center X, which prepares aspiring teachers to become social justice educators, he’s also director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access