The Road to Education Equity
Learning Rights' Education Advocacy program provides direct representation to help families enforce their right to a free and appropriate public education for their children. By taking unresolved conflicts out of individual schools and into administrative bodies charged with ensuring compliance with the law (e.g. the California Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and Office of Administrative Hearings Special Education Division), students get another chance to obtain education access before having to resort to litigation.
In 2020, Learning Rights settled 138 Administrative Complaints. Our advocacy efforts resulted in more than $4.7 million worth of free services (e.g. speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling) for students who had been wrongfully denied this support.
Civil Rights Litigation
Learning Rights employs civil rights litigation as a strategy when education access issues are systemic or cannot be solved locally.
In January 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in our favor regarding one of our clients whose civil rights were violated by Los Angeles Unified School District. Read our press release about the decision here.
Education Rights Clinic
Through the Education Rights Clinic, Learning Rights counsels and advises parents and develops individualized action plans that parents can use to address their child's education issues.
Before we consider a case for due process or civil litigation, we help parents make every possible effort to solve issues through self-advocacy. If you need help solving an education access issue, you can contact our Education Rights Clinic here.