Primary geographic focus: Southern California, Southwestern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Children, Disability Rights, Education, Medical-Legal Partnerships, Schools: Special Education
Acronym or short name: Learning Rights
Learning Rights Law Center is a legal services nonprofit that fights for a child’s right to education. Learning Rights assists low-income families by providing free legal counsel and advice, advocacy, direct representation, education, training and policy work in order to resolve their children’s education issues and help them gain needed services through a Free and Appropriate Public Education.
The following free services are provided to help students age 3-22, (pre K-12) with education issues: Consultations; Direct Representation; Parent Training; Volunteering.
History: Starting late (in her 20s), Janeen Steel eventually was admitted to UCLA School of Law and in 1998 received the UCLA La Raza Alumni Association Cesar Chavez Summer Fellowship, to write the Learning Rights Manual. Aimed at helping parents of K-12 students with disabilities, the manual helped families navigate the special education system. In 2003, Janeen met Ines Kuperschmit, a recipient of the prestigious Skadden Fellowship, who was working at Public Counsel as an advocate for the education and mental health rights of youth detained in Los Angeles County juvenile halls. Their shared vision led to the formation of the Learning Rights Law Center in 2005, an independent legal services non-profit organization in Southern California, whose sole mission is the educational rights of all students.
PRESS/RESEARCH MENTIONING/INVOLVING THIS SOURCENews Story EdSource
April 18, 2016
The California Department of Education's lack of accountability impacts hundreds of thousands of students who are not getting the mental health care they need, resulting in distress, poor academic performance and in some cases, referrals into the juvenile justice system.
News Story CBS News
September 21, 2015
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