PARENTS LAUNCH FRESH SUIT TO QUASH LESSON 9
A pair of Alameda parents is suing the school district and school board, claiming the board violated the Brown Act by voting to readopt the anti-gay bullying Lesson 9 and to adopt accompanying literature that wasn’t included in staff’s original recommendation.
Kerry Cook and Serena Dietrich filed a suit in Alameda County Superior Court today that seeks to nullify the school board’s December 8 vote to readopt Lesson 9 and to adopt a Links to Literature guide. Attorney Peter Hagberg said the district added the Links guide at the last minute and that it didn’t have readoption of Lesson 9 on the agenda for the December 8 meeting.
The board voted 4-1, with Trustee Trish Herrera Spencer casting the “no” vote, to adopt the items until a specific book list was generated to help the district curtail bullying of a broader spectrum of students.
Cook and Dietrich’s attorney, Peter Hagberg, could not immediately be reached for comment. Hagberg wrote the district a letter on January 4 asking them to rescind the vote and then told school board members at their February 9 meeting that he intended to sue if they did not do so.
The district’s attorney, Danielle Houck, said the district hasn’t been served with the suit yet but that it doesn’t believe it violated the Brown Act. “The District does not believe that it violated the Brown Act and intends to vigorously defend the litigation. We have tendered the complaint to our insurance carrier and expect that Lou Leone and Katie Alberts of Stubbs & Leone, the same lawyers who successfully represented the District in the Lesson 9 litigation, will defend the District in this litigation,” Houck wrote in response to a request for comment on the suit.
The case number is RG10498999. Stay tuned for the full story Friday.