NCYL seeks to ensure that low-income children get the education they need and are no longer funneled into the juvenile justice system. NCYL has a special project to improve educational outcomes for children in foster care and on probation.

Current Cases

Texas Education Agency Administrative Complaint

May 27, 2015
This complaint concerns the unlawful practice of thirteen Texas school districts forcing their most vulnerable students out of school through court procedures for truancy. The complainants are students with disabilities who were, or should have been identified as, eligible for special education services. Rather than…

Antioch Unified School District Settlement

March 27, 2015
This agreement addresses the District’s failure to identify, evaluate and provide special education services and supports to African American students with disabilities, and the exclusion of African American students through excessive suspension and expulsion, and other forms of exclusionary discipline that unnecessarily deny students access

Sanchez v. California Interscholastic Federation

March 12, 2015
This case filed in Trinity County, California Superior Court involved the rights of homeless youth to fully participate in school, including extracurricular activities. CIF, the governing body of interscholastic sports in California, had wrongfully delayed and blocked homeless student Zachary Sanchez from playing sports.…

Loleta Schools Civil Rights Complaint

February 11, 2015
This civil rights complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education on December 18, 2013 alleges continuing racial discrimination by employees the Loleta Union School District including disparate treatment and harassment of Native American Students. NCYL filed the case with the ACLU of Northern California…

Dallas County Truancy Court

January 2, 2015
This civil rights complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice on June 12, 2013, concerns a particularly harmful aspect of the school-to-prison pipeline in Texas – the use of criminal courts to prosecute youth for truancy, and the way that school district’s violations of…

Bryan Independent School District

November 26, 2014
Bryan Independent School District’s use of school resource officers to issue criminal sanctions for a range of minor student misbehavior unlawfully impacts African-American students, who are “cited” at a rate four times that of other students, according to a complaint filed by attorneys with Texas…

Jessica K. v. Eureka City School District

November 14, 2014
This federal civil rights lawsuit charges top officials in the Eureka City Schools District with allowing pervasive racial and sexual harassment to persist unchallenged in the city’s schools.  NCYL filed this lawsuit with the ACLU of Northern California.…

Dyer v. California Interscholastic Federation

November 14, 2008
NCYL won a major case in California, securing fair and equal treatment of foster youth who play high school sports. This victory could potentially affect thousands of foster youth in the state.…

Policy Work

Local Control Funding Formula

February 18, 2015
California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is a groundbreaking law passed in 2013, that changed the way education is funded in the state. LCFF increases local flexibility in spending education dollars while increasing accountability, particularly for improving the educational outcomes of designated student sub-groups. LCFF…

Foster Youth Services

February 18, 2015
Foster Youth Services (FYS) programs provide supplemental educational services and supports to foster children in California.  Nearly two-thirds of the state’s foster children are ineligible for these services which are limited to foster students in institutional placements. NCYL is working on legislative solutions to expand…

Latest News

Two bills authored by O’Donnell await governor’s signature - Signal Tribune

September 1, 2016
Two bills authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) to assist youth have won approval from the State Legislature this week. Legislation ensuring foster youth can attain their educational and economic goals passed the Legislature Aug. 30. AB 2656 waives the high school proficiency exam…