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The Kids Who Sued Their Schools Over Fake Classes Where They Learned Nothing

On Nov. 4, California education officials agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of low-income students at six high schools in and around Los Angeles and Oakland who were assigned to sham classes that lacked appropriate educational content. The students who took these classes, which where called “College Class,” “Inside Work Experience,” “Home,” “Adult Class” and “Service,” were asked to perform menial tasks for the school staff or left on their own to socialize or surf the web. The plaintiffs’ lawyers, the Los Angeles-based pro-bono law firm Public Counsel and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, argued that the sham classes, along with scheduling problems that left enrolled students without classroom assignments, deprived students of the learning time to which they are legally entitled.