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Research shows that childhood trauma stands in the way of academic success for millions of children, especially those in underserved communities

Unaddressed, exposure to trauma has a high correlation with:


  • Low literacy

  • High dropout rates

  • Repeating grades

  • Low achievement

  • School-to-prison pipeline


Peter P., et al. v. Compton Unified School District, et al. is a landmark, first-of-its kind class action complaint addressing a widespread, yet often ignored, public health crisis in America: the adverse impact of childhood trauma on learning. This case has been filed in Los Angeles by Public Counsel and Irell & Manella LLP on behalf of a class of students and teachers and demands that Compton Unified School District incorporate proven practices that address trauma—in the same way public schools have adapted and evolved in past decades to help students who experience physical or other barriers to learning.

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Trauma-sensitive school districts across the nation are beginning to address trauma successfully, and when they do, the benefits to kids, to families, and to the community are extraordinary. 


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