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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCHOOL DISTRICTS' OFFER TO RESOLVE WALDORF METHODS LITIGATION
The Sacramento City Unified School District and Twin Ridges Elementary School District have made a formal Rule 68 offer to plaintiff PLANS, Inc. to resolve the litigation involving Waldorf Method Instruction in the John Morse Waldorf Methods Magnet School and the Yuba River Charter School. (PLANS, Inc. v. Sacramento City Unified School District, United States District Court Case No. CIV. S-98-0266 FCD PAN.)
According to Christian M. Keiner, lead attorney for the school districts, "this offer if accepted by PLANS would result in a permanent injunction prohibiting the classroom teaching of anthroposophy or the published works of Rudolph Steiner; or the expenditure of school district funds for Waldorf private education courses, excepting courses designed for public school teachers; and payment of limited attorneys' fees to PLANS. This offer is consistent with the original intent of the districts in developing these programs. The programs would continue."
The schools' attorney Keiner stated: "This offer would save the taxpayers' money. It would remove any conceivable potential for unconstitutionality in either school, while allowing both innovative programs to continue for the benefit of students. The schools prefer to spend dollars on kids, not court battles. While we hope for early resolution of this case, if PLANS does not accept this offer the school districts will vigorously defend these programs in the federal courts."
A copy of the school district's Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 68 offer and additional information regarding the litigation is attached.