Pomona unified sues walnut valley unified school district over district of choice program


POMONA >> The Pomona Unified School District is suing the Walnut Valley Unified School District, claiming its practices as a District of Choice, a state program in which school districts may allow any student to enroll regardless of where they live, have violated California’s Education Code.

Pomona Unified’s school board quietly passed a resolution in conjunction with the lawsuit at its first meeting of the year on Wednesday. Usa today games The resolution did not specifically name Walnut Valley, but said that “three of California’s 47 District of Choice (DOC) districts established since 1993 are neighboring school districts to PUSD, and whether inadvertently or not, support the creation of predominantly segregated school populations.” The three districts the resolution refers to are Glendora Unified, Walnut Valley Unified and West Covina Unified. The box tops The resolution passed 4-0. Usd jpy chart live Board member Andrew Wong was not in the room at the time of the vote.

Among the provisions of the law that allows school districts to operate as Districts of Choice is one that states that a District of Choice cannot accept students from another school district if it would disrupt the home district’s racial and ethnic balance. Chf to usd chart Pomona’s lawsuit claims that over the course of its 22 years as a District of Choice, Walnut Valley has done just that by disproportionately pulling white and Asian students away from the district.

Usd myr The board’s resolution also added that the program “has resulted in plummeting district enrollment and caus(ed) the loss of numerous teaching staff.”

Data from California’s Department of Education shows that in the years since Walnut Valley became a District of Choice, Pomona’s racial makeup has gone from 12 percent white and 7 percent Asian to 4 percent white and 4 percent Asian. Exchange rate usd Over the same time period, Walnut Valley has gone from 35 percent white and 35 percent Asian to 8 percent white and 57 percent Asian. Ip address to binary Overall, Pomona’s enrollment has shrunk by 17 percent, while Walnut Valley’s enrollment has grown by 9 percent.

Walnut Valley faced a similar lawsuit from the Rowland Unified School District in 2010, which ended in the Los Angeles County Superior Court prohibiting Walnut Valley from pulling students from Rowland moving forward.

The current lawsuit comes as the District of Choice program is on unsteady ground. Binary message It will sunset in June unless a bill is passed to reauthorize it. Wyndham travel agent rates One such bill failed to pass the State Assembly in August, so the program’s last chance is the legislature’s current session. Usd currency The program’s original author, Bob Huff, retired in December, and Sen. Usd to zloty Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who won his seat, has introduced Senate Bill 52, which would extend the program until 2022.

The resolution that Pomona’s school board passed on Wednesday cited this bill, saying the district “is willing to invest in advocacy against legislation (such as Senate Bill 52) that proposes to extend DOC,” adding that it “recommends joining forces with non-DOC school districts that include Duarte, Azusa, Covina-Valley, Rowland, and Charter Oak to defeat proposed DOC legislation.”

The program has faced widespread scrutiny, and critics claim that it enables the same type of racial and socioeconomic segregation that Pomona is alleging. Euro and pound exchange rate One key aspect of the program is that state funding follows the student to whichever district they enroll, meaning resources are being taken away from districts that students choose to leave.

While the August reauthorization bill sailed through the Senate, it failed when it was held in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

“It is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s judgement that the Districts of Choice program exacerbates the unequal system of haves-and-have-nots in our public schools and that the most disadvantaged schools and the students they serve get left behind,” Gonzalez said in a statement at the time. Hex code translator “In fact, the whole program appears to run contrary to the policy led by Gov. World market futures Brown to focus more resources on the schools that need it the most.”

Pomona’s superintendent, Richard Martinez, declined to comment on the specifics of the lawsuit in a phone interview on Thursday, citing the pending litigation, but he did say the complaint was filed because “we have an obligation to our families here in Pomona Unified, and that includes our Diamond Bar families.” He added that “we have had a very good relationship with our neighboring districts here, and Walnut Valley is one of them. Exchange rate zambian kwacha to usd … Usd currency code We want to make sure we allow them to respond to the filing” before delving further into specifics.

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