Los Angeles, Calif. — A new lawsuit is alleging that school district officials in Southern California broke the law by not telling parents about their rights to decline involvement in the controversial common core testing.
Pacific Justice Institute filed suit Monday (Sept. 16) in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Concerned Parents of California. The defendant in this case is Walnut Valley Unified School District, though a ruling in the case could affect many other districts as well. The lawsuit states that WVUSD did not comply with state law and regulations requiring them to inform parents of the right to decline participation by their children in statewide assessments.
“Just like everyone else, school districts must follow the law,” noted PJI attorney Michael Peffer, who is the lead attorney in this case. “They may not agree with it, but they cannot ignore it. The statutes and regulations in this area are clear and unambiguous.
“The district doesn’t get to pick and choose which rules it will follow,” said Peffer.
The troubled rollout of the recently-adopted Common Core State Standards continued last week with the disclosure that just 44% of California students met the standards in English, and only 33% in math. The statistics were even worse in Los Angeles County, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
“As we’ve just been reminded, the implementation of Common Core continues to be a disaster, and many parents want no part of it,” said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute. “Parents have the right and responsibility to do what is in their children’s best interests, and California school districts have the legal obligation to make sure parents know their options.”
PJI previously confronted Calabasas High School after the principal threatened retaliation against students whose parents opted them out of the common core testing. The principal reversed course after receiving a demand letter from PJI which prompted inquiries from FoxNews.