Oral arguments will be heard on Wednesday in the ongoing legal battle about the Sonima Foundation’s yoga instruction in Encinitas public schools.
A little update is available at this local newsite (local being Encinitas):
A three-judge panel with the California Court of Appeals will listen to oral arguments and rule on the appeal. The hearing is 9 a.m. on March 11 in Division One of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, 750 B Street, Suite 300, San Diego.
Yoga was introduced in fall 2012 at five district schools. EUSD’s four remaining schools started yoga six months later. The program has been funded through grants from the Jois Foundation.
The case, which is believed to be the first challenge of a school yoga program on constitutional grounds, has attracted international attention.
I’m partial, though, to the update from the supporters of the program, YES! Yoga for Encinitas Students:
The yoga opponents are still at it. More than two years after it began, the battle to keep yoga as part of the EUSD health and wellness program continues. The next stop is the California Court of Appeal.
On March 11, the Court will hear oral arguments in Sedlock v. Baird, the case EUSD and YES! won at the trial court in June 2013. The parties have already submitted exhaustive legal briefs and the appellate justices will no doubt be ready to fire off questions. YES! will be represented by Dave Peck of Coast Law Group, who litigated the case in the trial court. M.C. Sungaila of Snell & Wilmer, who drafted our team’s brilliant brief, will also be on hand. It promises to be a lively debate.
Although seating is limited, the public is welcome to attend. The hearing is at 9 a.m. in Division One of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, 750 B Street, Suite 300, San Diego. Please note: no mobile phones or recording equipment are allowed in the courtroom, but may be checked in and held at security screening.
We’ll find out Wednesday if there are any bombshells.
Posted by Steve