Civil Rights Groups File Administrative Complaint Against Kern High School District and Kern County Office of Education

The Equal Justice Society joined a group of civil rights organizations in an administrative complaint filed today with the California Department of Education demanding that it directly intervene and investigate the illegal school funding allocations of over six million dollars by the Kern High School District and the Kern County Office of Education.

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc., and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) filed the complaint with EJS.

The complaint, filed on behalf of students, parents, and community members interested in ensuring equitable spending of public education funds, alleges that the Kern High School District unlawfully allocated millions of dollars intended for low-income students, English learners, and foster youth for district-wide purposes. The expenditures include $2.4 million for school police and over $4 million for general human resources. The complaint also alleges that the Kern County Office of Education failed to take appropriate action, as mandated by law, to prevent the unlawful expenditures.

Due to the immediate need to prevent unlawful expenditures, the complaint requests direct intervention and investigation from the State. The groups warn that the State has until September 3, 2014 to adequately respond.

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