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Basics of In Forma Pauperis education pamphlet

The United States judicial system, including the courts of Louisiana, grants all persons the privilege of receiving access to justice regardless of whether the litigant is impoverished.

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Basics of In Forma Pauperis education pamphlet

The United States judicial system, including the courts of Louisiana, grants all persons the privilege of receiving access to justice regardless of whether the litigant is impoverished. The legislature enacted the IFP provisions of Louisiana’s Code of Civil Procedure to ensure this privilege for its citizens.

At the request of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Policy Committee, Louisiana Appleseed volunteer Ashley Gonzalez completed a white paper on in forma pauperis (IFP) issues. Courts can give an IFP designation to individuals who are unable to pay the normal costs associated with a civil lawsuit or criminal defense. An educational pamphlet was created as a result of Ms. Gonzalez’s white paper. It is used to educate the public, lawyers, clerks of court, and members of the judiciary about IFP issues and to help them avoid common IFP challenges.

Ms. Gonzalez also educated Fellows of the Louisiana Bar Foundation on this topic in 2015 as part of the LBF’s Fellows Project.

Project Partners (past and present): King Krebs, Louisiana State Bar Association, and Louisiana Bar Foundation

Click here for article in the Louisiana Bar Journal.

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See Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure Articles 5181-5188.

 

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Custody Affidavits and School Enrollment

Appleseed created a pamphlet to educate public schools about the use of custody affidavits, ensuring that students across Louisiana are able to enroll in school.

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Custody Affidavits and School Enrollment

Louisiana Appleseed, in partnership with the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Program and the Louisiana Department of Education, created a pamphlet to educate public schools about the use of custody affidavits, ensuring that students across Louisiana are able to enroll in school. Attorney volunteer Ian Ellis initially drafted an extensive white paper wherein he examined Louisiana law related to custody affidavits’ effect on school enrollment. Work is ongoing on this project.

Click here for the pamphlet.

Should you have questions about custody affidavits and school enrollment, please contact the Louisiana Department of Education, Office of Student Programs at 225-342-3488.

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FOOD POLICY – Feed More for Less

Public schools across Louisiana are now able to provide free meals to all students under the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs through Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option.

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FOOD POLICY – Feed More for Less

Public schools across Louisiana are now able to provide free meals to all students under the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs through Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option. Until recently, Louisiana schools were unable to take advantage of Universal Meal Programs without losing their ability to count students eligible for at-risk funding. Louisiana Appleseed and its community partners worked with the Louisiana Department of Education to amend the policy by which it determines the at-risk count for schools wishing to participate in Universal Meal Programs. The updated policy ensures that schools opting for programs such as Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option will be able to provide free meals to all their students while simplifying their paperwork, streamlining meal service, decreasing school food service costs and, most importantly, promoting good nutrition and helping improve student performance.

Louisiana Appleseed volunteer, Allison Berger Tiller, wrote a handbook to inform schools about these programs and to help them determine if taking advantage of Provision 2 and the Community Eligibility Option is the right choice for their students. It is intended to provide schools with the pertinent policy information they need to assist them in making an informed decision. The easy guide has been printed and a helpful website developed through the generosity of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. Special thanks to the Pennington family foundation for additional funding. To learn more about this initiative, please visit http://feedmoreforless.com/ or click here for the guide.

To date, 341,000 Louisiana students in 741 schools have received lunch under the Community Eligibility Program, for which Louisiana Appleseed volunteers successfully advocated. Louisiana has 72.6% adoption by eligible schools (15th in the nation) and 78% by eligible school districts (7th in the nation). Louisiana had the second largest increase in CEP adoption in 2016-17.   

If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of the guide or have any questions about this project, please call Louisiana Appleseed at 504-561-7304.

Other Food Policy Partners         

Louisiana Appleseed also works with the Louisiana Food Bank Association and the Food Research Action Center on issues related to food policy.

Project Partners: Food Research Action Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Pennington Family Foundation, Louisiana Food Bank Association, Allison Tiller, and Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC.

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Preventing Teen Dating Violence through Education

Approximately, 1 in 5 teenage girls has experienced physical and/or sexual violence in a dating relationship. Prevention, therefore, is key.

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Preventing Teen Dating Violence through Education

Approximately, 1 in 5 teenage girls has experienced physical and/or sexual violence in a dating relationship. Females ages 16-24 are the group most-highly victimized by abuse. Prevention, therefore, is key; there must be an effort to reach Louisiana youth. Louisiana Appleseed’s focus has thus been to encourage schools to teach about relationship abuse, as well as healthy relationships. Louisiana Appleseed hosted a roundtable discussion of stakeholders and formed a task force to address prevention issues. It achieved milestones in 2010 and 2014 when the Governor signed into law bills that mandate education regarding dating violence prevention in public schools. (Act 321 – 2010 and Act 506 – 2014)

La. R.S. 17:81(T) requires that Louisiana public schools include in their health education curriculum (grades 7-12) information about relationship abuse, including warning signs and how to seek help. We are working with education administrators to emphasize their duty to provide instruction to students. The schools are also required to provide instruction to all school employees having contact with students about the definition of dating violence, dating violence warning signs, and the proper ways to address suspected or reported dating violence involving students.

Project Partners (past and present): Kean Miller LLP, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Louisiana Department of Education, Jeannine Sullivan (Louisiana Appleseed Legal Fellow), Prevention Task Force Members, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools.

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For a copy of the law, please click here.

T.(1) Each school year the governing authority of each public school shall provide to students in grades seven through twelve enrolled in Health Education age and grade appropriate classroom instruction relative to dating violence.

(2) Such instruction shall include but need not be limited to providing students with the following information:

(a) The definition of “dating violence”, which is a pattern of behavior where one person threatens to use, or actually uses, physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to control his or her dating partner.

(b) Dating violence warning signs.

(c) Characteristics of healthy relationships.

(3) The governing authority of each public school enrolling students in grades seven through twelve shall:

(a) At the beginning of each school year, provide instruction to all school employees having contact with students in such grades relative to the definition of dating violence, dating violence warning signs, and how to properly address suspected or reported dating violence involving students, including but not limited to counseling and notification of law enforcement, and provide information relative to dating violence to the parents of students in such grades.

(b) Include in student codes of conduct the definition of dating violence, dating violence warning signs, and instructions for reporting or seeking help relative to dating violence.

(c) Collect data relative to the number of incidents of dating violence reported to school employees and the actions taken by school employees to assist victims of dating violence.

(4)(a) In the spring of each school year, each local superintendent shall make an oral report at a meeting of the school governing authority that shall include but need not be limited to the compliance of each school with the requirements of this Section, aggregate data relative to dating violence, and any recommendations for reducing dating violence among students.

(b) For the purposes of this Paragraph, for a charter school, the “local superintendent” shall mean the chief executive officer of the school or other employee holding an equivalent position.

CLICK HERE FOR ACT 321 (2010)

CLICK HERE FOR ACT 506 (2014)

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Ensuring Education for Children Experiencing Homelessness

Louisiana Appleseed and its partners worked with school liaisons to identify and address the gaps that prevent homeless children from receiving an adequate education.

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Ensuring Education for Children Experiencing Homelessness

Louisiana Appleseed and its partners worked with school liaisons to identify and address the gaps that prevent homeless children from receiving an adequate education. They designed a community education piece – a bookmark for state-wide distribution – to educate students and their families about their rights under the McKinney-Vento Act, which ensures that children are not inadvertently excluded from the school system. The bookmark is available in both English and Spanish.

Project Partners: Judge Jay Zainey’s HELP Program, UNITY New Orleans, Ozanam Inn, Cowen Institute, Barrasso Usdin, Louisiana Department of Education, Orleans Parish School Board

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Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) and Louisiana Appleseed unveiled their new joint publication Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook in 2014.

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Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) and Louisiana Appleseed unveiled a joint publication, the Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook, in 2014. The Louisiana Charter School Board Legal Handbook covers all the basic legal requirements of charter governing boards, from the fundamentals of charter school law and the governing board’s role, to open meetings laws and code of ethics. Copies of the handbook have been made available to every charter governing board and charter school in the State of Louisiana. Louisiana Appleseed volunteers have held numerous seminars on this topic for board members and lawyers throughout the state.

Click here to see the handbook and 2015 updates.

In 2017, LAPCS and Louisiana Appleseed unveiled another joint publication, the Louisiana Charter School Handbook for School Administrators. The new handbook will cover basic legal requirements that may be of interest and use to charter school leaders and administrators.

Click here to see the Handbook for School Administrators.

For more information, please call 504-561-7304.

Project partners: The Booth-Bricker Fund, The Frost Foundation Ltd, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, Pro Bono Publico Foundation, RosaMary Foundation, Alvin Miester of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein and Hilbert LLC, Adams and Reese LLP, New Schools for New Orleans, Jones Walker, Akin Gump, Board on Track and Baker Donelson.

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