Policy Achievements


Learning Rights submitted comments to the State of California regarding the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), June 30, 2017


The State of California is seeking comments on its State Plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Parents, students, community members and advocates can provide feedback on very important topics such as which schools will be labeled “low performing”, teacher accountability, and much more. Click here to see Learning Rights’ comments.


Learning Rights submitted letter of support for SB 354 to the State of California Assembly, April 14, 2017


Learning Rights submitted a letter of support for SB 354, which would require the translation of IEPs in 30 days. Let’s make this happen California! Click here to see Learning Rights’ letter.


Learning Rights submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on August 1, 2016


On August 1, 2016, Learning Rights submitted comments to the U.S Department of Education regarding the implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Our comments pushed for higher standards and better services for students with disabilities. The next opportunity to comment will be at the State level in the early Fall. Read More 

For more information visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/es/



Learning Rights submitted comments to the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) on July 29th, 2016

Learning Rights filed comments regarding the need for more services and supports for students with Autism. We based our comments off the need we see serving hundreds of students/parents of students with Autism per year. Read More

Decision issued in Timothy O. v. Paso Robles USD -- district court reversed 


Learning Rights and pro bono partner Nixon Peabody LLC filed an amicus brief in the 9th Circuit case of Timothy O. et al. v. Paso Robles School District. In a case of special importance to families of children with autism, the 9th Circuit Court held that a school district which had notice that a child might have a disorder on the autism spectrum violated IDEA and did not provide a FAPE when it failed to assess that child in all areas of suspected disability. The 9th Circuit issued a strong statement that IDEA requires that when a district suspects a disability, it must fully assess a student in all areas of that disability. As requested by Learning Rights’ amicus, the lower court’s decision was reversed and remanded by the 9th Circuit.  Read More

Learning Rights pushes for investigation of LAUSD's systemic failure to comply with mediated settlement agreements.


On October 14, 2015, Learning Rights provided these written comments at the public hearing held by the Office of the Independent Monitor for LAUSD. LAUSD has failed to comply with a large number of mediated settlement agreements that resolved due process complaints filed by parents against the district. Learning Rights is asking the Office of the Independent Monitor to investigate LAUSD’s ongoing, systematic failure to comply with these agreements so that students can receive the services and accommodations to which they are entitled, and for which they have already fought to obtain.  Read More


Are Charter Schools Serving All Children?  Parents of Special Needs Students in Los Angeles County Say “No”


In the summer of 2014, Learning Rights conducted a survey of 100 parents of students with disabilities and found that many parents were denied access to charter schools. Read More


Governor Jerry Brown signed into law both SB 1111 and AB 2276


The LRLC wrote letters in support of SB 1111 and AB 2276 because both bills are vital for the proper education of at-risk students in the State of California, including many of the youth the LRLC represents. Read More


Title Five Rules and Regulations Revisions


On July 1, 2014,  changes by the California Department of Education to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Sections 3001–3088 went into effect. These regulations govern the provision of special education services for students with disabilities in California. Since the new regulations were proposed a year ago, the Learning Rights Law Center has been working to make sure that parents and students’ voices are heard. Read More



Learning Rights Files Complaint Resulting in LAUSD Policy Change


Learning Rights filed a complaint with the California Department of Ed resulting in LAUSD policy change. New district policy clearly states that parents are not obligated to file for due process when they disagree with some part of an IEP (see LAUSD Special Ed Bulletin REF 6182.0). Parents can also agree to some parts of the IEP and not others. Read More.