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California Supreme Court Turns Down Petition To Partially Reopen LA Public Schools

Petition would have reopened in-class instruction for special needs students

By Evan Symon, January 21, 2021 2:27 pm

The California Supreme rejected a petition on Wednesday that would have started reopening Los Angeles public schools for special needs students.

The petition, which was filed in December by child advocacy organizations the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Learning Rights Law Center, wanted a return of in-class school for special needs students due to learning difficulties remotely. Both groups said that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) broke a state law that requires education agencies like school districts to have in-person classes and give “the appropriate resources to avoid learning loss, prevent behavioral regression, and protect students’ mental health and well-being.”

The organizations, as well as many parents, believed that the continued denial of in-person classes would lead to permanent harm on students with added difficulties, such as those with special needs, English language learners, and those with handicaps. Many parents even went further, saying that their children were not learning behind a screen.

“There is no question that severe learning loss has already occurred, is ongoing, and will lead to irreparable harm for these students,” the petition said. “This slow-motion catastrophe — with potentially irreversible and life-long negative consequences for students— can and should be immediately addressed. In-person instruction in small cohorts is possible as long as it is safe from a public health perspective.”

“They failed to provide the appropriate resources to avoid learning loss, prevent behavioral regression, and protect students’ mental health and well-being.”

As a remedy, the groups wanted as much in-person schooling to open up as soon as possible for those in the greatest of need. According to Los Angeles County public health guidelines, this would have meant that up to 25% of a school’s enrollment could have come back for in-person classes if the schools had met all COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines.

However, this was flatly rejected by the court, which did not even issue a written ruling on the matter. The denial will essentially let the LAUSD keep an all-remote class schedule into the near future. And due to continual high COVID-19 figures in LA County, even measures such as Governor Gavin Newsom’s $2 billion school reopening plan would not effect the district’s plans.

Many teachers even signaled relief following the Supreme Court’s denial.

“LA County has had over 3 million COVID-19 cases now, with 1 out of every 5 being tested coming up as positive,” Los Angeles teacher Natalia Baca told the Globe Thursday. “I agree that special needs students do deserve better instruction. All students do. But, right now, health is more important. We cannot risk reopening schools, even to a small extent, because there would still be a lot of people even if it was just for a few classes and a skeleton crew keeping everything going. You just need one person from any of their households to make it more spreadable.”

“It’s heartbreaking for us, but it’s like people being unable to see their families during Christmas or not being able to see sick loved ones. It’s necessary so more people don’t become infected. Or dead.”

Other attempts to bring back at least partial in-person classes to LA public schools remain ongoing.

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6 thoughts on “California Supreme Court Turns Down Petition To Partially Reopen LA Public Schools

    1. yes. and i would additionally suggest that the official 99.8 number for under 20’s is likely lower than the actual survival rate due to over-attribution of deaths to the Coof.

  1. The “tests”are fictional – even the inventor of the mRNA tests has testified that the procedure being used has pretty-much zero accuracy. The number of people actually dying of the Wuhan Flu are well within seasonal norms -notice there are not ANY other flus out there this year. The magical “vaccines” have appeared after decades of failure to contain the common seasonal flu and the common cold – hmmmm.

  2. The the superiority of in-class learning is not as obvious as it used to be. The new state law that forbids the removal of disruptive and defiant students makes the teacher’s job even more challenging in a state that is already the least-educated state. The pandering to the demands of BLM is going to hurt every student in the classroom. The next nail in the coffin of California education will be the elimination of testing and grading. Once again, to try to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. The parents of California should start demanding a stipend or credit to do home-schooling equal to the amount currently being spent per student.

  3. Gee I thought that now that ol’ Bite Me is occupying the White House that everything is hunky dory. I guess Kalifornia didn’t get the memo to open back up.

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