Thursday, October 14, 2010

Weizenbaum: "Every day that goes by, kids are being deprived of a remedy."

Linda Borg for the ProJo:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The lawyer for several Hope High School students has filed a motion in Superior Court that would force the city to restore the teacher planning time cut by the school district this fall.

Miriam Weizenbaum, the students' lawyer, is asking the court to enforce the state education commissioner's decision. In September, education commissioner Deborah A. Gist ruled that the Providence School Department must restore 84 minutes of common planning time to the teachers' weekly schedule.

The lawyer for the city of Providence immediately appealed that decision with the state Department of Education, which is expected to schedule a hearing before the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.

According to Weizenbaum, the law states that plaintiffs must first exhaust their appeal before the agency, in this case, the Department of Education, before seeking redress in court. But there is an exception: If the plaintiffs can prove that further delays are hurting them.


Anonymous said...

Students filing suit? I can't think that they really have standing. Now, if the teachers filed suit, I'd understand.

Tom Hoffman said...

Well, again, this is a long-running story which you can search in my archives if you wish. Yes, the students have standing, they won the decision by RIDE, and are suing to have it enforced in a timely manner.

Anonymous said...

How does one search the archives?

Tom Hoffman said...

There's a search box in the upper left corner.