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Court allows yoga students to join lawsuit

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Court allows yoga students to join lawsuit

March 28, 2013

YES! Yoga for Encinitas Students, an unincorporated association comprised of over 100 students currently enrolled in the Encinitas Union School District and their parents were given party status in the existing lawsuit, Sedlock v Baird.

The case concerns the School District’s yoga program, made possible by a generous donation from the Jois Foundation. Attorney Dave Peck, appearing on behalf of YES!, was pleased with today’s outcome.

“YES! was specifically formed in order to provide a voice for the students who currently benefit from the yoga program,” said Peck. “Now that we’ve been granted leave to intervene, we’ll work with the District to defend Encinitas students’ participation in this world class program.”

Trial is currently set for May 20th.

 

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Encinitas students seek voice in yoga dispute

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March 27, 2013

YES! Yoga for Encinitas Students, an unincorporated association comprised of over 100 students currently enrolled in the Encinitas Union School District and their parents, has filed papers requesting that the court enable it to participate in the existing lawsuit, Sedlock v Baird.

The case concerns the School District’s yoga program, made possible by a generous donation from the Jois Foundation. YES! seeks to intervene in the action in order to provide a voice for the students who currently benefit from the yoga program. YES! attorney Dave Peck will ask the court to grant YES!’s request to join the District Trustees in defending the lawsuit so Encinitas Union School District students are given the opportunity to continue their participation in the world class program.

The hearing will take place tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m., Department C-61 before Hon. Judge John S. Meyer, at:

San Diego Superior Court
220 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

This will be the first hearing in Sedlock v Baird.

Paul Ecke Central Student’s letter to Superintendent Baird

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The below are the thoughts and concerns of one student, as emailed to Superintendent Baird late February. Her thoughts reflect the passion of many of our YES! families.

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Dear Superintendent Baird,

I am a fourth grader at Paul Ecke Central and I love yoga, I love the teacher, and I love what she teaches us.

Every time I go to yoga I learn something new and I get dedicated to yoga even more. Ms. Bergeron teaches us something new every time we go to yoga.

Sometimes before I go to yoga my back hurts and after yoga class I feel so much better. All the days I go to yoga I feel so good and the days that we don’t have yoga I feel worse.

If the school district took away yoga I would be sad because we wouldn’t be able to use the breathing ball and I would miss yoga very much.

The things I have learned from yoga are that our lungs can take more, but we haven’t trained them yet and that is a good thing to know because if my lungs can take in more air then I will be healthier when I grow up.

I bet that a lot of other kids at our school district would agree with me and I know it, so please don’t let anybody take away our yoga program!!

It wouldn’t be fair if you took away the yoga program for just a group of people and lawsuits and make the rest of us unhappy. The people that don’t want their kids to take yoga can do something else for P.E. and then all of us would be happy.
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Used with the family’s permission.

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As you may have read, the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) has been sued for implementing a yoga program in its schools. While there is little debate about the health benefits of yoga, the lawsuit argues that even the most basic yoga poses constitute the practice of religion. In sum, the lawsuit claims EUSD is violating the Constitutional mandate for separation of church and state.

Coast Law Group attorneys believe the lawsuit is ill founded and are committed to seeing it defeated. We have been contacted by many parents and teachers who feel the same way. We intend to seek intervention in the lawsuit to ensure the voices of EUSD students and parents – the real parties in interest – are heard and considered by the court.

If you are the parent of an EUSD student and are interested in participating in the defense of the yoga program, please provide the following information to: sara(at)coastlawgroup.com

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