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California Students Scheduled to Run Errands Ask Judge to Require ‘Real’ Classes – Education Week

Students at six California high schools that primarily enroll low-income students of color have asked a judge to force state education officials to intervene to make sure they get the courses they need to graduate and be prepared for college, instead of being placed in what they allege are classes in name only where they run errands or sit around doing nothing. 

Attorneys for the students filed the motion last week in the ongoing case of Cruz vs. State of California, which also includes elementary and middle schools, that accuses the California Department of Education, the California Board of Education, and the state superintendent of public instruction of violating both the state education code and the students’ state constitutional right to equal educational opportunity by allowing the situation to continue.