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Horvitz & Levy files amicus brief on behalf of community coalition to support LA public school children.

March 6, 2012

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Horvitz & Levy filed a pro bono amici curiae brief in Reed v. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), supporting a settlement agreement that halted seniority-based layoffs of teachers in the lowest performing LAUSD schools on grounds that those layoffs violate the equal protection rights of students, because the students in those schools are disproportionately affected by layoffs based on seniority. The overwhelming majority of new teachers start out at the poorest and lowest-performing schools in the district. Each time the district lays off teachers based on seniority, these schools can lose most or all of their teachers. The system of seniority-based layoffs requires that these schools constantly rebuild their teaching staff, starting over again at square one with each new round of layoffs. The settlement agreement, which shields Los Angeles’ most vulnerable schools from seniority-based layoffs, is an important step in achieving educational equality for Los Angeles students.

The amici curiae are a diverse group of bipartisan policymakers, interfaith community leaders, and dedicated parents, teachers, and organizers who are helping to improve educational opportunity in the District. They are giving voice to the view that the UTLA’s last-in, first-out policy is devastating for Los Angeles’ schools that are the most vulnerable and already academically struggling.

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