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Homeless Students are Back on the Bus to School

At the end of the last school year, Public Counsel learned that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) was about to leave homeless students with no way to get to school, planning to suspend crucial transportation assistance such as bus vouchers.  Attorneys with Public Counsel's Children's Rights Project (CRP) collaborated with nine other local non-profits and took the lead in devising an advocacy strategy to demand that the LAUSD continue the required transportation assistance, and plan appropriately for the number of homeless students in the district in future years. 

"Public Counsel's correspondence with LAUSD produced immediate results," said Laura Faer, CRP Directing Attorney. "Just six days after our letter was sent to the board members of LAUSD, Public Counsel received a response from the Superintendent of Schools, Ramon Cortines, informing us that LAUSD would provide full transportation funding for bus tokens for qualifying homeless students for the remainder of the school year."