Full Name : Casey A.; Carl C., by and through Kendra Tankersly; and Miguel B., by and through L.L., on behalf of themselves and all those similarly situated v. Darline P. Robles, in her official capacity, Superintendent, Los Angeles County Office of Education; William Elkins, in his official capacity, Director, Los Angeles County Office of Education Division of Juvenile Court Schools; Lauren Ramos-Allen, in her official capacity, Principal, Los Angeles County Office of Education Challenger Center SChool; and Los Angeles County Probation Department
Case Number : CV1000192
Court : United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge : Hon. George H. King
Co-Counsel : Public Counsel; Disability Rights Legal Center; American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Program
Casey A. v. Gundry is a class action lawsuit against officials at the Los Angeles County Office of Education and against the Los Angeles Probation Department. It challenges the inadequate educational and rehabilitative services provided to youth who were detained at the county’s largest juvenile probation camp, the Challenger Memorial Youth Center. The problems at Challenger included lack of meaningful instruction for students detained there and a complete absence of programming for the youth.
The ACLU reached a comprehensive settlement in May 2011 that requires the defendants to overhaul the educational, rehabilitative, and transition programs for youth at Challenger, with monitoring and technical support from three nationally recognized experts in providing education in detention settings. The settlement also required defendants to provide compensatory services to students who had been denied adequate services.
The ACLU is currently monitoring settlement implementation, and the court retained jurisdiction over the case for four years to ensure compliance with the settlement.
LACOE Probation filed its corrective action plan to come into compliance with the settlement agreement.
The ACLU reached an agreement with the defendants under which they would develop corrective action plans in consultation with the experts to address the areas of non-compliance with the settlement agreement identified in the 11/15/11 expert report.
Second quarterly monitoring report released by expert team.
First quarterly monitoring report released by expert team.
The ACLU reached a comprehensive settlement that requires the defendants to overhaul the educational, rehabilitative, and transition programs for youth at Challenger, with monitoring and technical support from three nationally recognized experts in providing education in detention settings. Read more about the settlement.
The settlement agreement calls for a panel of experts to help develop a detailed reform plan in 13 areas that will transform education and rehabilitative services provided to students at Challenger over a period of four years.
The ACLU/SC filed the complaint alleging numerous violations of students’ educational rights.