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Gabriella Barbosa

2013, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Gabriella Barbosa

Gabriella Barbosa

Name of Host Organization: Public Counsel Law Center
City, State: Los Angeles, California
Issue area: Education/Special Education
Sponsors: The Morrison & Foerster Foundation

The Project

Gabriella advocated for English Learners and immigrant students in Los Angeles to have access to education programs and language instruction in order to close the achievement gap and increase the graduation rate through direct legal representation, collaborative community education, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
One in three students in the Los Angeles Unified School District is an English Learner, which is a student learning English as a second language. Nearly half of these students do not graduate from high school, many because they do not receive appropriate services to help them overcome their language barriers. The limited English proficiency of many parents prevents them from challenging the inequities of their child’s educational setting. Without the necessary support from the school district, these students fail classes and drop out, which results in an alarmingly low graduation rate for English Learners in Los Angeles.