Kern High School District settles with parents who felt their children were targeted for being minorities

The school promised to create new discipline policies with help from experts on unconscious racial bias and to schedule continued training for teachers on less punitive techniques to minimize disruptions.

News Story (California)

Joy Resmovits
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
July 28, 2017

Tags: School-to-Prison Pipeline, Schools: Discipline

Organizations mentioned/involved: California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. (CRLA)


The agreement also mandates that the district hold two community forums a year to report on school discipline data and student surveys. It outlines strict procedures for informing parents of disciplinary actions and police referrals, and requires that students who are suspended for an extended period pending a hearing get full access to schoolwork. The court has jurisdiction over the agreement, but it only lasts for three years.

The district did not admit to any wrongdoing, and said it agreed to the settlement in order to stop spending money on legal fees.