According to the California Department of Education, “Access to quality education is a fundamental right of every student and is fully guaranteed and protected by the California Constitution.”
Recently, KCBS Radio revealed many K-12 students in California are not guaranteed access to quality education because they take high school online courses which are minimally supervised. Students and educators admitted there is no learning in these courses other than enabling students to obtain high school diplomas that are most likely worthless.
These high school diplomas have serious negative consequences. There is no justification for what is happening except the perception of student self-esteem development. Many of the students are most likely African Americans and Hispanics who end up being admitted in colleges and universities with their diploma to nowhere.
The consequences are costly for the students, parents, universities and the colleges that admit them. They spend their first two years of higher education in remedial courses which they were supposed to complete in high school. They realize quickly they were cheated, psychologically feel defeated, and the unlucky ones are disqualified or drop out of college.
At some point, the schools, school districts, and educators may have to answer questions from parents, students and colleges about the legality of signing graduation papers for these students when they know they are undeserved.