December 5, 2017
Public Counsel, the national advocacy firm, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles that claims the state of California is not doing its part to increase literacy among children in public schools. The lawsuit calls for better teacher training, increased resources for teachers, and tangible help for students that are identified as having difficulty reading.
Public Counsel filed a similar lawsuit in Michigan last year. The lawsuits are a part of Public Counsel’s ongoing #RighttoLiteracy campaign, that claims American students should legally have the right to read. Several teachers, students, and parents are plaintiffs on the lawsuit.
“There’s no accountability system in place to ensure that literacy is being delivered,” said one of the attorneys on the case. One of the schools cited in the lawsuit is La Salle Elementary in Los Angeles County. The elementary school recently gave a literacy test where just 10 of 179 students read at grade level.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Public Counsel