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BCSD: Court denies 'canceled summer school' lawsuit filed against district

Posted at 11:22 AM, May 23, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to the Bakersfield City School District a lawsuit filed against the district alleging violation in regards to canceling summer school has been denied by the Kern County Superior Court.

In a news release, BCSD said that a claim was filed by the California Rural Legal Assistance, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights on April 29 alleging that the district “canceled summer school” in violation of the legal requirement for revising its Local Control Accountability Plan.

BCSD says on May 1 all three organizations filed a request for an immediate injunction against BCSD by asking the Court to immediately stop BCSD from canceling summer school while the lawsuit is being adjudicated. The Court also determined that BCSD did comply with the law when it modified its 2019 Summer Learning Program.

Court officials also found that the California Rural Legal Assistance and the other two organizations have not shown that their lawsuit has merit and failed to show irreparable harm to two students they represented in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was also found to be premature by the court because it failed to first complete the required Uniform Complaint Procedures that are currently ongoing before BCSD.