Target: Tina Steck, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Learning Rights Law Center
Goal: Commend organization for helping children in the juvenile justice system and children who have disabilities receive an education
Although the Learning Rights Law Center is still a relatively young organization, less than ten years old, it is already succeeding in making a big differences for the children it is trying to help. Learning Rights was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization with the sole mission of ensuring that all students have equitable access to education. It has a particular focus on students who have learning disabilities or who have been involved in the juvenile justice system (or both). Often times, these students are the most neglected in the American educational system. Sign this petition to support the work of Learning Rights and help more students gain access to education.
Learning Rights makes a difference by addressing two types of youth populations—children with learning differences and juveniles who have been through the justice system—and providing them with the resources that they need to succeed. While parents in wealthier populations often have the resources to provide special needs children with the help that they need, this is not true for more under-served populations. As a result, children in certain circumstances in under-served populations often do not get the help that they need.
For children who have gone through the juvenile justice system, they face the challenge of being seen as “problem kids,” and are often unable to receive the education and attention that they deserve because of such mislabeling. Learning Rights, however, does not take this position. In fact, it takes the opposite, recognizing that these traditionally underserved populations can benefit greatly from an excellent education. Sign this petition to support Learning Rights in its efforts to help children overcome the challenges that they may face when trying to get an education.
Dear Tina Steck, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Learning Rights Law Center,
While the right to education is something that many families take for granted, the reality is that not all children have the same opportunities to attend school. Barriers that prevent children from attending public school include homelessness, language difficulties, juvenile offenses, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities. While inequality in education may exist today, Learning Rights is helping to reduce inequities, one child at a time.
Through Learning Rights’ avid fundraising efforts, dedication to its students, and vision for a better world, it is helping to realize incremental changes that can affect the landscape of today’s educational system. Please continue to collaborate with Learning Rights in order to help the children that it serves. While Learning Rights primarily focuses on Southern California, perhaps one day its mission can become one of national scope.
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