Key Documents in Cruz v. California

Students attending nine of California’s most disadvantaged schools lose days, weeks and months of critical classroom instruction through the course of their academic careers, according to a lawsuit filed in Alameda Superior Court on Thursday, May 29. Cruz v. State of California accuses the California Department of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and State Board of Education of failing to address the factors that reduce actual learning time and slowly rob students of an equal education, despite knowing of their existence and impact on students. Click here to read our Cruz v. State of California fact sheet.

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Reply brief in support of motion for preliminary injunction (filed April 2, 2015): Public Counsel rebuts the State's arguments and emphasizes the critical need for a preliminary injunction. The injunction would reduce some of the clearest and most damaging sources of lost time at six high-need California high schools. Click here to read more.

Motion for a preliminary injunction (filed February 5, 2015): Students from six high-need California high schools asked a judge to order that schools have master schedules in place with substantive classes for students. Click here to read more.

Temporary Restraining Order (issued October 8, 2014): A state judge ordered the state to take action to help students at Jefferson High School regain learning time. Click here to read more.

Request for a temporary restraining order (filed October 1, 2014): Students at Jefferson High School asked the state of California to act to restore lost learning time. Click here to read more.

Complaint (filed May 29, 2014): Students from seven elementary, middle and high schools asked a California judge to ensure they receive meaningful learning time. Click here to read more.

Cruz v. California was supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Eli and Edyth Broad Foundationand the Impact Fund.