Press ReleasesMarch 07, 2011
Court Denies Request to Delay Implementation of Historic Settlement Protecting Students at 45 LAUSD Schools
LOS ANGELES (March 7) -- The Court of Appeal today denied a request by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) to prevent Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) from implementing the groundbreaking settlement agreement approved in January 2011 by Superior Court Judge William F. Highberger in Reed v. State of California. The Court of Appeal’s rejection of UTLA’s last ditch effort to stall implementation of the settlement means that students in up to 45 of the most vulnerable schools in LAUSD will not lose their teachers to budget-based layoffs this spring and requires that LAUSD provide supports and staffing incentives to encourage teachers and administrators to work and remain at these schools.
The Reed case is a class action suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Public Counsel, and Morrison & Foerster, LLP in February 2010 on behalf of students at three Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) middle schools. The lawsuit targeted the devastating impact of massive and disproportionate teacher layoffs on students’ right to equal educational opportunity under the California Constitution.