Ten-page court opinion moves toward dismissing all claims against Santa Barbara Unified School District and Just Communities Central Coast

Street view of the district administration buildingSanta Barbara Unified School District (SB Unified) and Just Communities Central Coast (JCCC) have won a significant ruling in the suit against them by the group calling themselves Fair Education Santa Barbara, Inc. In a ten-page written opinion filed Wednesday, March 6, 2019, by United States District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson, it was determined that Fair Education did not have legal standing to assert its alleged claims of intentional discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, and sex. In addition, the Court denied Fair Education’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would have invalidated SB Unified’s contract with Just Communities.

“Our district is committed to a belief that all students have the capacity and desire to learn, which is made better in an environment where students feel safe, welcome and included,” said Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent of Santa Barbara Unified School District. “The federal court’s decisive decision affirms our ability to provide opportunities for staff and students to learn about ways to minimize discrimination and prejudice in all its forms.”

Based upon lack of federal jurisdiction, the ruling also completely dismissed the claim against SB Unified that challenged the legality of its contract with Just Communities. The court gave Fair Education until April 8, 2019 to file an amended complaint seeking to correct the deficiencies, or else the case is to be dismissed