OC Weekly featured the CALA Lessons in Litigation study in a blog titled, "Local School Districts Caught Up in New Study Showing Millions Blown on Litigation."
The story highlighted:
"The Peabody-winning educational program South Park aired an episode the other night that took lawsuits against public school districts to despicably hilarious new heights. The real-life cartoon plays out publicly--and locally--in the Capistrano, Santa Ana and Long Beach unified school districts.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse today released a report on litigation costs to those and nine other school districts across the state that found, in just three fiscal years, they spent $98.7 million on lawsuits.
The number in Santa Ana is $2.3 million. That's how much SAUSD spent on litigation costs just in fiscal year 2009. "To put that number in perspective, the district could have bought 22,928 chalkboards," reads the CALA statement, which also quotes Orange Juice blogger and SAUSD school board candidate Art Pedroza.
"Our local school district has already had to severely slash its budget, due to state funding shortfalls," he says. "There are times when lawsuits are necessary, but frivolous suits do nothing more than hurt our students--we need to take steps to stop abusive lawsuits and keep our funding in the classrooms, where it belongs."
You can read the entire blog entry here.