Category Archives: Education

Kern Latino and African American Students Achieve Victory in Landmark Settlement with Kern High School District

Latino and Black students enrolled in the Kern High School District, together with their parents and community activist organizations Dolores Huerta Foundation, National Brotherhood Association, and Faith in Kern, obtained a historic settlement in their challenge to discriminatory practices. The plaintiffs were represented by a coalition of civil rights lawyers, including California Rural Legal Assistance, […]
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Court Rules that Lawsuit Can Move Forward On Behalf of Latino, Black Students Facing Discrimination in Kern County

A California District Court of Appeal panel has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a coalition of civil rights groups against Kern High School District (KHSD) over disciplinary policies that unlawfully target African American and Latino students.  The court summarily denied KHSD’s extraordinary writ request to revisit the trial court’s denial of dismissal. The […]
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East County NAACP Sues Antioch Unified School District for Violating Agreement on Civil and Disability Rights

“Implicit bias is a critical component of modern-day discrimination,” said Eva Paterson, President of the Equal Justice Society. “By ignoring the fact that implicit bias hurts schoolchildren, the Antioch school district is perpetuating instead of reversing the school-to-prison pipeline that too many Black children are forced into.” The East County NAACP filed suit on July […]
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Plaintiffs in Kern County School Lawsuit Ask Court to Hold the State of California Accountable for School Discipline Problems

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop ethnically and racially discriminatory student discipline practices in Kern County high schools have filed an appeal against the State of California, which was excused as a defendant by the trial court. Attorneys on behalf of Latino and African American students in the Kern High School District maintain that the State of California is responsible for addressing discriminatory practices in state public schools.

EJS Joins the Fix School Discipline-Policy Coalition

EJS recently joined the Fix School Discipline-Policy Coalition (FSD-PC), a statewide coalition of organizations that work to improve school discipline policies and practices in California’s schools. The coalition works together to ensure that school climate protections and supports for both students and school staff exist at both the state and local levels. In the last […]
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