July 30, 2018: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s statement on ‘education equity’ lawsuit

July 30, 2018

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell issued the following statement Monday in response to a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruling that the court will hear evidence that the state of California is failing hundreds of thousands of public school students — most of them low-income students and students of color — by allowing a system that requires children to attend school yet deprives them of access to basic literacy instruction:

“It is nothing less than a travesty that only eight of 179 students in a grade school in my district can read and write at grade level,”  Mitchell said about L.A. Unified’s La Salle Avenue Elementary, one of three schools statewide cited in a lawsuit said to be the first in the nation seeking recognition of the constitutional right to literacy. “Statewide, almost half of California’s 6 million public school students can’t read at grade level and are being denied education equity. This is unacceptable.  I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and join with my colleagues to determine what we must do as a Legislature to close this gap.  Access to literacy is a fundamental right, and we owe it to them to provide the tools and resources necessary to thrive.”