Annie Kanzow

  • Hosted by Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
  • Sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Service location Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Law school Stetson University College of Law
  • Issue area Education/Special Education
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Annie provided zealous educational advocacy and legal assistance for children with disabilities, with a concentration on those living in rural poverty, to keep them in school and out of the school-to-prison pipeline.

Annie sought to address the needs of students in rural areas who are disproportionately punished and/or underserved due to race or disability. Oftentimes, these children are at the highest risk of entering the school-to-prison pipeline, which encompasses the use of zero-tolerance discipline, school-based arrests, and suspension/expulsion. Annie advocated for the proper implementation of supports for these students, and by doing so, actively worked toward creating systematic change in the Florida school system.

Fellowship Highlights

During the two-year Fellowship period, Annie:

  • Advocated for children who were not receiving a free and appropriate education, providing full representation to 45 clients and brief services and advice to over 100 individuals
  • Developed and conducted 25 presentations and workshops for community stakeholders, reaching over 2,300 individuals  
  • Presented 10 Come Home Safe trainings at the Boys and Girls Club, sharing information on rights and responsibilities when interacting with the police with over 450 children 
  • Trained over 240 service providers and other partners through six presentations
  • Collaborated with seven groups to expand the reach and impact of the project
  • Drafted and submitted complaints regarding discrimination and/or denial of a free and appropriate education

Next Steps

Following the Fellowship, Annie continues to collaborate with community members in rural central Florida to increase awareness about the supports available to students in the special education system. She also continues to address the use of discriminatory policies and practices by school districts which target students based on disabilities and/or race.

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