California has some of the lowest performing public schools in the country- based on the state’s own testing standards in core subjects like reading and math. In fact, California has three of the lowest-performing schools and 11 of the lowest 26 districts in the nation. But rather than simply complain about it- angry parents and teachers are fighting back- in the courtroom.

In this case, the parents filed a landmark civil rights lawsuit against the state of California claiming that it is violated the students’ constitutional right to access to literacy. The complaint names the State of California, the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson as defendants.

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