VERIFIED PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDATE AND PROHIBITION;VERIFIED COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE AND DECLARATORY RELIEF
nation‘s second largest
public school system known as the Los Angeles UnifiedSchool District
annually fails hundreds of thousands of children, their parentsand guardians, taxpayers and the community it is responsible to serve. The children and their parentsbring this action to re-focus the District on its Constitutional duties to provide basic education equalityso that every child has the opportunity to learn and develop all of his or her potential, and to helpensure the attainment of knowledge and an educated populace, which is essential for the preservationof rights and liberties. The children and their parents ask the Court to enforce a reasonable and four-decade old statutory state law that requires the District to evaluate certificated employee
on-the-jobperformance with data that reasonably measures, among other criteria, whether or not the students
under an employee‘s
charge are actually learning.2.
This action is brought by parents who have paid taxes for a school system that does notcomply with State law, and students who have been denied their fundamental right to basic educationalequality and opportunity to learn guaranteed by the California Constitution.
Serrano v. Priest
, 18 Cal.3d 728, 765-66 (1976);
Butt v. State of California
, 4 Cal. 4th 668 (1992). Specifically, the parties seek mandamus to compel the District to meet its obligations under a forty year old law, CaliforniaEducation Code section
, commonly referred to as
he Stull Act,‖
whichmandates that the District implement and enforce periodic evaluations of certificated personnel, mainlyadministrators and teachers. (As used herein, the terms
―certificated personnel‖ or ―certificatedemployee‖ mean and shall refer to all personnel assigned to positions within the Distr
ict that require acertificate or credential required by statute to be eligible for employment in an instructional or non-instructional role, as specified.)3.
The Stull Act, which the State originally enacted in 1971, requires that the governingboard of each school district establish standards of expected pupil achievement at each grade level ineach area of study. The Act requires further that the governing board of each school district
evaluate and assess the performance of certificated employees as it reasonably relates to the progress of pupils toward the standards adopted by the district locally
. The ―evaluate and assess‖ aspect of the