Know Your Rights: If you are a parent of a child with a disability within the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and are experiencing similar concerns mentioned in this lawsuit, please contact the Disability Rights California confidential intake line at 1-800-776-5746, available 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Nov. 4 Community Meeting on … Continue reading EJS and Co-Counsel Sue Sacramento School District Over the Segregation and Mistreatment of Students with Disabilities, Particularly Black Students with Disabilities
The increasing trend of suspending students is part of a phenomenon known as the school-to-prison pipeline (“STPP”). Equal Justice Society’s previous publication, “Breaking The Chains”, explains the STPP as the process by which at-risk high school and middle school students are pushed out of learning environments and into the juvenile justice system. Our new report, … Continue reading New EJS Report: Breaking The Chains 2: The Preschool-To-Prison Pipeline Epidemic
Last week, over 60 Kern High School District (KHSD) parents and students (as well as several KHSD administrators) gathered in Bakersfield for a community meeting to learn about next steps in the wake of a landmark settlement reached this summer with KHSD as a result of school discipline policies that disproportionately impact students of … Continue reading KHSD Community Meeting in Bakersfield: A Positive Step Forward
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, … Continue reading Kern Latino and African American Students Achieve Victory in Landmark Settlement with Kern High School District
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 … Continue reading Court Rules that Lawsuit Can Move Forward On Behalf of Latino, Black Students Facing Discrimination in Kern County
"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 … Continue reading East County NAACP Sues Antioch Unified School District for Violating Agreement on Civil and Disability Rights
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 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 … Continue reading EJS Joins the Fix School Discipline-Policy Coalition