Discrimination in Kern County High School


CRLA and a coalition of civil rights advocates including Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Inc., MALDEF, Equal Justice Society, and the Dolores Huerta Foundation who are representing Latino and African American students and parents have settled with the Kern High School District (KHSD). KHSD's discipline practices have deprived African American and Latino students of the right to an education. The links below will provide more information about this case. CRLA's lead attorney on this case is Cynthia L. Rice. For more information about this case, please contact her at (510) 267-0762 or crice@crla.org.

Watch the full July 26, 2017 Press Conference

Court Filings:

Compromise and Release Agreement

Second Amended and Supplemental Complaint

Points and Authorities to Lift Stay

In The News:

Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2017

23ABC News Bakersfield, TV Interview, July 26, 2017

KGET-14 NBC News, TV Interview, July 26, 2017

The Bakersfield Californian, July 24, 2017

EdSource, July 24, 2017

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:

July 24, 2017
Kern Latino and African American Students Achieve Victory in Landmark Settlement with Kern High School District

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


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