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Deborah Project files another lawsuit against a California school district

The Mountain View-Los Altos Union School District has refused to honor record requests by the public-interest law firm.

The front sign of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. Credit: Ovinus Real via Wikimedia Commons.
The front sign of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. Credit: Ovinus Real via Wikimedia Commons.

It was déjà vu for the public-interest law firm the Deborah Project, which has sued two California public-school districts in as many months. In both instances, the districts refused to turn over record requests, despite state law requiring that they do so.

Earlier this month, the firm—which focuses in particular on the civil rights of Jews in education—asked a court in Santa Clara County, Calif., to ensure that the Mountain View-Los Altos Union School District comply with California Public Records Act, the firm stated.

The Deborah Project had sought “information about the use of overtly antisemitic ethnic-studies teaching materials, the use of which is forbidden by numerous California laws,” per the firm.

Not only are the teaching materials “explicitly biased and discriminatory,” the firm stated, but those promoting them have told teachers to hide their use from parents, district supervisors and the public, according to the Deborah Project.

The district had apparently contracted with a since-terminated consultancy that works with someone who has stated that “Zionists have no place in the classroom.”

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