Fighting for Education

When Marcos* was admitted to the hospital with a life-threatening medical condition, all he could think about was school. Always an ambitious student, Marcos didn’t want to let his disability get in the way of his future. His mother urged his school repeatedly to provide Marcos with work to do at home, and his treating physician even got involved, providing medical documentation that explained why he couldn’t attend school.

Despite having a strong team advocating for Marcos, the school district failed to provide any work for him to keep up with his studies, did not arrange for a teacher to visit Marcos at home, and didn’t communicate with the family about its plans for Marcos.

With only a few months left until the end of the school year, Marcos’ doctor referred his mother to the Law Foundation and Valley Medical Center’s Medical Legal Partnership program. Marcos’ Law Foundation attorney submitted a formal complaint to the U.S. Department of Education that is currently under review. Within a week of our attorney taking the case, Marcos was visited by a teacher and received the schoolwork he needed to start getting up to speed.

Sometimes all our clients need is for the world to know that we’re in their corner fighting on their behalf.

*Name changed to protect identity