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Byline: Olympia Meola
Sep. 24--Since attorney Lisa Bennett started advocating for Richmond's special-education students in 2002, she's represented 450 children.
Her work with JustChildren, a statewide Legal Aid Justice Center program, has taken her from schools to the courtroom to fight for students' rights.
This week, JustChildren and Richmond schools entered a broad agreement aimed at improving services for all special-education students who are disciplined for violating the student code of conduct in school.
"There was good will, there were good people, and the teachers would rally around that individual child, but we were fishing kids out of the stream one at a time," she said. "We needed to step back and make the system as …