K57 News Report
Thursday, August 7, 2003
Students suing the Government of Guam – it’s an idea born
from Legislation introduced today by Senator Bob Klitzkie. Bill 162 the
Every Child is Entitled to an Adequate Public Education Act sets nine
criteria that would define an adequate education for public school students.
Senator Klitzkie says the measure would allow students who feel they haven’t
been given an adequate education the right to sue GovGuam with their parents
conducting the litigation.
(Sen. Robert Klitzkie) : “If the child
doesn’t get an adequate public education, he is the one who really
suffers, so it seems right that we give the child who was denied that
right, the ability to enforce that right. But the bill does phase in these
provisions. The right to sue wouldn’t accrue immediately upon passage
of the bill, it might take as long as nine months before that part of
the bill kicked in, so it would give the government a whole school year
to get ready.”
Klitzkie has asked the Committee on Rules to refer the measure to the
Committee on Judiciary & Transportation rather than the Committee
on Education. Klitzkie says that’s because of the litigation factor
contained in the bill.