A civil liberties advocacy group has sued the State of California and Governor Gavin Newsom over Newsom’s executive order barring schools in 32 counties, including Riverside County, from opening their doors in the Fall of 2020, due to Covid-19.
The Center for American Liberty filed the federal suit against Newsom, State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, State Public Health Officer Sonia Angell, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
The Lead Attorney is Harmeet Dhillon, who says the Governor’s decision to shut down educational facilities denies children their right to basic education.
Dhillon says California taxes and spends $100 billion of state and federal dollars annually on education. This year, there will be little to show for that massive spending, other than increased depression, suicide risk, stunted learning, and the shattered dreams of millions of California children.
The plaintiffs claim keeping schools closed is an affront to the constitutional guarantee to basic education, federal due process and equal protection guarantees, and the established right to effective education for disabled children.
The CAL suit contends the use of online learning in the recent past was a “failed experiment” in which students were “unable to log on and access online learning, or if they could log on, experienced at best ineffective and at worst nonexistent instruction.”
The Center for American Liberty says local school districts, not the Governor, should decide what is best for their own students.
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