Discrimination in Kern County High School


CRLA and a collation of civil rights advocates including Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Inc., MALDEF, Equal Justice Society, and the Dolores Huerta Foundation are representing Latino and African American students and parents against Kern High School District (KHSD). KHSD is violating Latino and African American student’s rights by disciplining them at a rate that is twice as much as any other group of students.  CRLA’s lead attorney on this case is Cynthia L. Rice. For more information contact her at (510) 267-0762 or crice@crla.org.

Court Filings:

Second Amended and Supplemental Complaint

Points and Authorities to Lift Stay

In The News:

The Bakersfield Californian, May 27, 2016

KBAK & KBFX, May 12, 2016

KFPA with CRLA’s Cynthia Rice and The Atlantic’s Emily DeRuy, May 1, 2016

Radio Bilngue, October 16, 2015

The California Reporter, September 14, 2015

KBAK & KBFX, October 8, 2014

Press Releases:

September 21, 2016
Court Rules that Lawsuit Can Move Forward On Behalf of Latino, Black Students Facing Discrimination in Kern County

July 25, 2016:
Plaintiffs Fighting for Latino and Black Students in Kern County Will Proceed without State of California and Pursue Their Discrimination Claims Against Other Defendants

May 31, 2016:
Court Rules that Lawsuit Can Continue to Fight for Latino, Black Students in Kern County

March 15, 2016:
Plaintiffs in Kern County School Lawsuit Ask Court to Hold the State of California Accountable for School Discipline Problems

January 11, 2016:
Court Allows Discrimination Suit Against Kern County Office of Education to Proceed

May 13, 2015:
Court Allows Discrimination Suit to Proceed Against Kern High School District and County and State Education Agencies

October 9, 2014:
Civil Rights Groups Seek to Compel Kern High School District to Eliminate Discriminatory Discipline Policies