Over 14,000 children in the District require special education and related services, and while federal law requires states to provide a free and appropriate public education, the District has struggled to do so. These children, often students of color, face unfair discipline and exclusion from school and unacceptable delay or denial of services. A parent-led organization, AJE works to ensure that they receive what they need. The focus is on families who live in poverty, have limited English proficiency, experience homelessness, and have children with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Advice, counsel, and direct legal representation address a family's immediate issues while training programs educate parents about their rights and empower them to advocate for their children and be peer advocates who can support other parents. Building community power to advocate for children that's something we all can support.

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Advocates for Justice and Education is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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