What We're Reading: Legal Aid Staff Members Share What's Informing Their Work
Here at Legal Aid, we couldn't accomplish everything that we do without seeking out relevant news and learning from the good work others are doing, as well. In this ongoing feature, we'll highlight Legal Aid Justice Center staff members and some of the sources they are currently turning to in order to inform their work.
"The case of the Ohio mom who was jailed for fraudulently seeking improved educational outcomes for her children in a neighboring school district has everyone talking about the unfair relationship between educational quality and artificial school district boundaries or attendance zones.
Whether they are foster youth placed across district lines, immigrant youth and other children living in informal kinship custody arrangements, or low-income children stuck in low performing schools, at JustChildren we see the devastating consequences of rationing educational opportunity according to zip code every day.
In Five Miles Away, A World Apart, Jim Ryan uses a vivid portrayal of schools in the metropolitan Richmond area to illustrate the fatal political flaw in the last sixty years’ worth of education reform. In short, Ryan explains why the system is set up the way it is, and what we can do to move beyond it."
The Legal Aid Justice Center's JustChildren program works to improve Virginia’s public education, juvenile justice, and foster care systems. JustChildren advocates use direct representation, education and organizing outreach, and state-level advocacy to achieve positive outcomes for low-income families in the Commonwealth.
Angela is a long-time member of the JustChildren team, becoming its legal director in 2010, the same year in which she won the Child Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.
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