Along the years, ASPIRA has needed to take legal action for protecting end ensuring access to quality education for our youth. The following are two of the most important legal actions.
- The ASPIRA of New York Consent Decree: ASPIRA of New York, with the support of ASPIRA of America and the representation of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, filed a suit against the New York City Board of Education in 1972 that led to the ASPIRA Consent Decree. The decree, signed August 29, 1974, established the right of New York City public school students with limited English proficiency to receive bilingual education. To access a copy of the ASPIRA Consent Decree click here.
The ASPIRA of Pennsylvania Consent Decree and Order: Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) representing ASPIRA of Pennsylvania, initiated a complaint against the School District of Philadelphia (“District”) on October 8, 1970, alleging that the District was unlawfully segregated by race in violation of the PHRA and filed an order enforcement petition (“Petition”) in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania (“Commonwealth Court” or “Court”), Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission v. School District of Philadelphia, No. 1056 C.D. 1973. After over 30 years of litigation the Court ordered the District to implement the Five-Year Strategic Plan entitled Imagine 2014, subject to available funding and as is consistent with law, in a manner consistent with the following “guiding principles” set forth in Imagine 2014:
· Increasing achievement and closing the opportunity and achievement· gap for all students;· Ensuring the equitable allocation of all District resources;· Holding all adults accountable for student outcomes; and· Satisfying parents, students and the community
To access a copy of the ASPIRA of Pennsylvania Consent Decree and Order click here.