On Monday, the BBA teamed up once more with the Edlaw Project to host a pro bono training on assisting at-risk youth. You may remember the popular training, “School Discipline Advocacy for At-Risk Youth,” held at the BBA last December. This time, attorneys gathered in the Conference Center to learn about special education advocacy from the Edlaw Project’s Director of Education Advocacy Marlies Spanjaard.
If you caught BBA President Julia Huston’s blogpost on the topic of education advocacy last week, you’re up to speed on the issue. However, if you missed it, here are a few of the surprising – and alarming – statistics:
- Only about half of Massachusetts third-grade students score proficient or above in reading on the MCAS.
- Two-thirds of children who can’t read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up imprisoned at some point in their lives.
- Only 17% of students in grade K-12 across the state receive special education services.
The good news? Monday’s training helped to bolster the Edlaw Project’s pro bono panel to assist children in need of special education services. Click here to read her full post.