Plaintiffs allege that several interrelated factors divert substantial classroom time away from instruction, including:
Assignment of students to administrative tasks or free periods instead of assignment to classroom periods of instruction because of insufficient curricular offerings and a lack of available qualified teachers;
Violence or security disruptions, which result in cessation of instruction, and insufficient access to mental health professionals to assist students and faculty in coping with these disruptions;
Late changes to the master course schedule requiring course and teacher changes well into the semester
Unstable, transient teaching faculties and administrative teams, resulting from from under-resourced and stressful campuses not conducive to professional development and growth;
Unaddressed student absenteeism, resulting in whole or in part from campus conditions.
Plaintiffs allege that the state’s failure to prohibit these activities and to monitor the amount of instructional time that is being provided to students in their schools denies them equal protection under both the state and federal constitutions and constitutes racial discrimination under California law. They seek declaratory relief and an injunction requiring the state to monitor the amount of meaningful instructional time being provided in these schools and to intervene in a timely manner when the amount of instructional time in a school falls below the state standard for meaningful instructional time.