California has agreed to designate at least $2 billion to help disadvantaged students who fell behind in their learning during the COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a recent legal settlement.
In 2020, families in Los Angeles and Oakland sued the California Department of Education (CDE) while public school students were still learning remotely. Filed by nonprofit law firm Public Counsel, the lawsuit claimed California’s “extended” school closures “exposed deeply embedded inequalities” in the state’s education system. Especially for children from lower-income families in black and Latino communities
Mark Rosenbaum, Public Counsel’s senior special counsel for strategic litigation, said the settlement was one of the largest education-related settlements in U.S. history and a victory for the community.
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