How Atlanta attorneys are helping kids stay in school


This past year, one public school in Atlanta tried to break the trend — by providing families with lawyers.
News Story (Georgia)

Stephannie Stokes
Marketplace
August 21, 2017
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Tags: Education-Legal Partnerships

Organizations mentioned/involved: Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF)


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Jones-Lightsy and Reynolds are with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, a group that provides free legal aid. The two work together to keep kids at Thomasville Heights.

“Last year, Thomasville Heights had a 40 percent turnover rate in their students,” Jones-Lightsy said. “That’s almost half the students were coming in or going out in the course of the year.”

The simple reason is their families were moving. And in this low-income neighborhood, a lot of moving was happening in one place.