Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Education Rights

Education rights and problems in schools 

Advancing Justice-LA provides legal services to parents and students who are experiencing problems in schools related to language access, bullying, and/or discrimination.

We may be able to assist you if:

  • You are a parent that does not speak English fluently and cannot communicate with your child’s school,

  • Your child is experiencing bullying because of their race, national origin, immigration status, or religion,

  • Your child has been identified as an English Learner and is not getting proper services, and

  • You are involved in an effort to preserve or expand a race-conscious admissions policy at your college or university.

Please call our legal hotlines if you need legal help for any of these problems.

Highlights of Our Work


A Valley News headline from May 2017 describing the agreement that the Temecula Valley Unified School District had reached to resolve the complaint that Advancing Justice-LA filed concerning the District's English Learner programs.

In 2014, Advancing Justice-LA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) against Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) on behalf of a concerned teacher for failing to provide its middle school English Learner (EL) students with adequate language support, and in some cases, eliminating all EL services. OCR found evidence that many EL students in TVUSD middle schools were not receiving proper services and some students received little or no support, preventing them from learning. OCR also found that TVUSD’s practices resulting EL students missing the opportunity to receive special help in accessing the core curriculum, which were provided to non-EL students. Based on evidence gathered during its investigation, OCR added a third issue to its investigation: whether TVUSD adequately notifies parents that do not speak English fluently of information that is called to the attention of other parents. OCR did not complete its investigation because it entered into a resolution agreement with TVUSD. Under the agreement, TVUSD will convene a coordinating committee comprised of an EL expert, EL teachers, EL parents, and a district administrator to revise the EL Master Plan to address deficiencies raised by the complaint and investigation, train teachers on how to implement the Master Plan effectively, and compensatory education for EL students that did not receive any ELD instruction. OCR will monitor TVUSD until it fulfills all requirements of the agreement.

 

Need legal help? Call 888.349.9695

需要法律协助吗?请打800.520.2356

需要法律協助嗎?請打800.520.2356

ត្រូវការជំនួយជាភាសាខ្មែរ: 800.867.3126

법률상담이 필요하십니까? 800.867.3640으로 전화하세요

Kailangan tulong na legal? Paki-tawag po kami sa 855.300.2552

คุณต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายหรือไม่ โทรไปเบอร์นี้ 800.914.9583

Cần sự giúp đỡ về vấn đề pháp lý? Gọi 800.267.7395

 

For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
हिंदी 855.971.2552

ត្រូវការជំនួយជាភាសាខ្មែរ:

800.867.3126
도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395

 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.