Chandler opposes expanding litigation in schools

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Chandler opposes expanding litigation in schools

 

Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, today expressed concern in the House of Representatives about House Bill 3026. The bill would require the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop rules to eliminate discrimination and issue reports on civil rights violations and education disparities.

Proponents said the bill would address disparities and allow current civil rights laws to be upheld.

Chandler, however, said the bill will increase opportunities for lawsuits and was deeply troubled by the threat this could have for the small school districts in his area.

“This bill implies that different outcomes for different students are grounds for discrimination. The communities in my district, though diverse, are unified. They are working hard to provide the same opportunities to every student in every class,” Chandler said. “Schools are trying to move forward and they are succeeding, but something like this could wreak havoc in small school districts.”

Chandler stated public testimony on the bill showed no demonstration of a problem with civil rights laws in any school district. He raised concerns that one lawsuit could bankrupt a school district.

“Any one of them could be brought to their knees, with just an accusation, even without substantive proof,” Chandler said. “This legislation is about a lot more than overt actions of discrimination. This could polarize my neighborhoods and paralyze my school districts.”

The House passed the bill 59-35, with Chandler voting “no.” It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Contact: Sarah Lamb, public information officer, (360) 786-7720

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