Del. will double funding to settle education equity lawsuit

The state of Delaware has settled a 2018 lawsuit that accused the state of being complicit in the disparities experienced by students who are low income, have disabilities or are English language learners.

As part of the settlement between Gov. John Carney, the NAACP of Delaware and Delawareans for Educational Opportunity, the state will allocate millions of dollars in funding to support students who are most in need.

“Delaware’s current educational resource allocation system does not recognize the additional needs of children living in poverty and English learners. That system is outdated and inequitable,” said Karen Lantz, legal and policy director at the ACLU of Delaware, which represented the plaintiffs along with the national law firm Arnold & Porter and the Community Legal Aid Society.

“Our expectation is that this settlement will begin systemic changes that result in a fundamental shift in how resources are allocated, so every student in

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City Faces Lawsuit; Sideshow Crackdown; Teacher of Year: Patch PM

NORTH BAY, CA – Missed today’s headlines? Here are the Patch stories from Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties that people are talking about today:

Cars Impounded In Crackdown On Sideshows, Santa Rosa Police Say

  • Twelve cars were impounded this week, and officers are investigating participants for possible criminal charges.

San Rafael At Odds With Black Man Detained At Gunpoint

  • The city is facing a legal claim, defending its actions and trying to find a way forward that acknowledges the distress its officers caused.

Glass Fire 78% Contained As Damage Assessments Completed

  • The wildfire has taken a heavy toll in Napa County, where 343 commercial structures —including wineries — have been destroyed.

Power Restored In Healdsburg Citywide Power Outage

  • The city’s transmission source was lost but PG&E switched the city to a different substation.

Police Make Arrest In Santa Rosa Homicide Investigation

  • Police had been investigating Kirk Williams,
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Arizona tribe members settle education claims in lawsuit

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Members of a small Arizona tribe have reached an agreement with the federal government to partly resolve a lawsuit that sought widespread reform in the agency responsible for educating Native Americans.

Attorneys for Havasupai parents and students say the agreement reached in late September will help thousands of Native Americans who attend U.S. Bureau of Indian Education schools across the country.

A federal court had already determined that the bureau violated its duty to ensure access to special education, therapists and mental health services, including for trauma and childhood adversity. The agreement means a trial that was set to begin in November to consider the remedy for the violations won’t happen.

“They weren’t providing services for my kids, and they kind of dismissed them,” the mother of three students who are identified in the lawsuit by only their first names told The Associated Press. “I thought

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Dixie State student claims online classes are ‘sub par’ in lawsuit against Utah System of Higher Education

SALT LAKE CITY — A Dixie State University student has sued the Utah System of Higher Education claiming the online classes that public colleges and universities pivoted to in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic “are sub-par in practically every aspect.”



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The class-action lawsuit, filed in Utah’s U.S. District Court by student Ariiyana Ringgold, claims students paid tuition for “a first-rate education and educational experience, with all the appurtenant benefits offered by a first-rate university and were provided a materially deficient and insufficient alternative, which constitutes a breach of the contracts entered into by plaintiff and the class with the university.”

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The lawsuit names the state’s higher education system and the 18-member Utah Board of Higher Education as defendants, which includes two student board members.

Utah System of Higher Education officials declined to comment, as did the Utah Attorney General’s Office, which represents

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Bridgeport Board of Education settles lawsuit of student sexually assaulted by teacher


BRIDGEPORT — The city’s Board of Education has agreed to settle a lawsuit by the family of a local teenager who police said was repeatedly sexually assaulted by his special education teacher.

The board’s lawyer, Richard Buturla, confirmed that a settlement had been paid but

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