Diane Tran is an 11th grade honor student at Willis High School in Houston (TX), who was placed in jail after repeated truancy. Since her parents divorced and left her and her two siblings, she has been the sole income earner for the family. To support herself and siblings she works a full time job plus a part-time job while taking advancement and dual credit college level courses in high school. The Texas Judge, Lanny Moriarty, ordered the exhausted Ms. Tran to pay a $100 fine and spend 24 hours in jail as a lesson.
Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance has stepped in to help Ms. Tran’s situation by leading a campaign to raise funds to assist her. Anedot, a platform for accepting donations, and Gatorworks.net, a web development firm, both joined the effort to assist with Ms. Tran’s plight. In order to coordinate fundraising efforts and ensure that monies raised would go directly to help Diane and others like her, Ms. Tran’s employer was contacted as part of the effort.
Charlie Davis, President of the Louisiana Children's Education Alliance, said "Our hearts broke when we read Diane's story. It's bad enough that she's the victim of the failing public education system, but for the judicial system to attempt to use her as 'an example' to others is reprehensible.”
The effort has already raised over $2,500 from donors in a dozen states and two foreign countries.
About Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance
Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization that focuses on providing a quality education for all children.
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