Settlement Delivers on Dream of Stability for Los Angeles Schools Rocked by Budget Cuts
Attorneys representing middle-school students who experienced huge teacher turnover due to budget-based layoffs have reached a historic agreement in the Reed v. State of California et al. lawsuit.
The settlement between the plaintiffs, the Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools will lead to major new investments in critically needed administrative and teacher support at 37 schools that struggle with high teacher turnover and student drop-out rates and low API scores. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education will consider the agreement at its meeting on Tuesday, April 22.
Reed v. State was filed in 2010 when students at three Los Angeles middle school lost between 45% and 70% of their teachers to budget-based layoffs.
When the lawsuit was filed, Shanita Rogers’ two daughters were students at Samuel Gompers Middle School. “By the teachers getting laid off, students were losing out and their skills were falling behind. There was a lot of confusion in the classroom. It really was a lost year,” she said. “Luckily I was a strong parent who stood behind my kids, but many of those kids that they went to school with have dropped out. Kids deserve a better chance.”
Erin Darling, staff attorney at Public Counsel, said, “LAUSD’s commitment to these 37 schools is also a promise to every student it serves: you and your teachers deserve the dignity and support to be successful. As school districts across California adopt the new Local Control Funding Formula, the Reed settlement represents a path to stability and long-term success for schools that have too little of both.”