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Education Voters PA: Budget Address Social Media Go Kit

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From our colleagues at Education Voters PA:On Tuesday, February 4th, the Governor will be presenting his proposal for the budget, kicking off “budget season” in Harrisburg. We want to make sure there…Continue

Tags: Gov., Corbett, education, budget, funding

Charter School Law Analysis

Started Oct 31, 2013 0 Replies

Charter school reform is needed in the Commonwealth and significant legislative effort has gone into two similar bills: HB 618 and SB 1085.The most recent bill to receive attention in the General…Continue

Tags: Accountability, Schools, Charter, Pennsylvania

Lessons from Coatesville

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charlie Gerancher Oct 25, 2013. 3 Replies

Here's an Op-Ed that outlines how flawed school discipline policies can lead to a culture of discrimination in school districts throughout Pennsylvania, with particular emphasis on the recent event…Continue

Tags: Pennsyvlania, Coatesville, Education, Alternative

Law Center Releases Spanish Language Version of Inclusive Early Childhood Learning Guide

Started Jul 17, 2013 0 Replies

The Education Law Center recently released a Spanish language version of its Family Guide to Inclusive Early Childhood Learning in Pennsylvania:…Continue

Tags: Center, disabilities, Espanol, Law, Education

 

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Brett Schaeffer replied to Charlie Gerancher's discussion Equality of Student Representation: School District Administration
"Hi, Charlie. It's an interesting question. However, we can't provide legal advice on this site, in part because it's a public site, and in part because each case is different. Best, Brett S."
Mar 24
Brett Schaeffer commented on Rahna Underkoffler's blog post We need help!
"Hi, Rahna. Thank you for posting. I'd suggest giving the Education Law Center's Help Line a call - 215-238-6970. We can't offer any legal advice on this website, but if you leave a message on the Help Line one of our legal staff can…"
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Building a Youth Movement Leadership Institute 2011 at Philadelphia Student Union

August 1, 2011 at 10am to August 5, 2011 at 4pm
register for BAYM @ http://youthmovement2k11-e​fbevent.eventbrite.com/The Philadelphia Student Union's Building A youth Movement (BAYM) Leadership Institute is happening again this summer! Every summer, high-school age young people from all over Philadelphia are invited to join Philly Student Union's youth leaders for a week of leadership, creativity and fun. BAYM is a youth-created and youth…See More
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Education Voters PA: Budget Address Social Media Go Kit

From our colleagues at Education Voters PA:On Tuesday, February 4th, the Governor will be presenting his proposal for the budget, kicking off “budget season” in Harrisburg. We want to make sure there is a clear response throughout the state to what he proposes – good or bad – to let the Governor and the General Assembly know we are watching and our expectations are high.All day long, we will be posting and tweeting to Twitter and Facebook with reports and commentary on the budget address; what…See More
Jan 30
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Education Voters PA: Budget Address Social Media Go Kit

From our colleagues at Education Voters PA:On Tuesday, February 4th, the Governor will be presenting his proposal for the budget, kicking off “budget season” in Harrisburg. We want to make sure there is a clear response throughout the state to what he proposes – good or bad – to let the Governor and the General Assembly know we are watching and our expectations are high.All day long, we will be posting and tweeting to Twitter and Facebook with reports and commentary on the budget address; what…See More
Jan 30
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Charter School Law Analysis

Charter school reform is needed in the Commonwealth and significant legislative effort has gone into two similar bills: HB 618 and SB 1085.The most recent bill to receive attention in the General Assembly is SB 1085. The Education Law Center supports some of the accountability provisions of SB 1085. However, through the lens of ELC’s…See More
Oct 31, 2013
Brett Schaeffer posted a discussion

Charter School Law Analysis

Charter school reform is needed in the Commonwealth and significant legislative effort has gone into two similar bills: HB 618 and SB 1085.The most recent bill to receive attention in the General Assembly is SB 1085. The Education Law Center supports some of the accountability provisions of SB 1085. However, through the lens of ELC’s…See More
Oct 31, 2013
Charlie Gerancher replied to Brett Schaeffer's discussion Lessons from Coatesville
"This is a very unfortunate incident. However, I am not surprised that this involved athletics in some way. Not that those involved with athletics are racist. That is not my point. My point is that in too many communities and school districts,…"
Oct 25, 2013
Susie Hrenko replied to Brett Schaeffer's discussion Lessons from Coatesville
"Chambersburg Area School District is also listed in the DOJ complaint that ELC filed, which is my district.  CASD's numbers are outlandishly high regarding disabled kids with or without IEP's being placed in AEDY programs. After…"
Oct 25, 2013
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Oct 24, 2013
Star Altland replied to Brett Schaeffer's discussion Lessons from Coatesville
"I've been watching this story very closely.  I live in this city, and am only starting to go through issues with getting my daughter the right education she deserves.  Thanks for this piece."
Oct 24, 2013
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Lessons from Coatesville

Here's an Op-Ed that outlines how flawed school discipline policies can lead to a culture of discrimination in school districts throughout Pennsylvania, with particular emphasis on the recent event in the Coatesville Area School District.http://chescotimes.com/?p=2787See More
Oct 24, 2013
Brett Schaeffer commented on tanesa's blog post problelms in the school district
"Thank you for your post, tanesa. We cannot answer legal questions on this site. If you have not do so already, please call our Intake line at 215-238-6970 and leave a message. Be sure to include your contact information.  Best, Brett"
Oct 9, 2013
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ELC Honors Education Advocates

Morris Dees headlined the Education Law Center's annual event on Sept. 18, 2013. Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, spoke eloquently on continuing civil rights struggles, particularly in the world of education.ELC also honored long-time child advocate Barbara Minzenberg and student organizers from the Philadelphia Student Union.…See More
Sep 19, 2013
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ELC's Annual Event at Wanamaker Building

September 18, 2013 from 5:30pm to 9pm
Join renowned civil rights attorney Morris Dees Sept. 18 in Philadelphia for the Education Law Center's Annual Event.Dees will deliver the keynote address and ELC will honor early childhood education advocate Dr. Barbara Minzenberg and student organizers from the Philadelphia Student Union.Purchase tickets online now!See More
Aug 14, 2013

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ELC Honors Education Advocates

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 1:58pm 0 Comments

Morris Dees headlined the Education Law Center's annual event on Sept. 18, 2013. Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, spoke eloquently on continuing civil rights struggles, particularly in the world of education.

ELC also honored long-time child advocate Barbara Minzenberg and student organizers from the Philadelphia Student Union.…

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Improving School Climate in Pittsburgh

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 2:34pm 2 Comments

From ELC's Nancy Potter:

"We saw huge increases in student suspensions, student arrests for really minor infractions."

When students get a summary citation for disorderly conduct, they end up at the district judge's office and miss school.

"Some kids go into the magistrate, plead guilty, pay the fine and they're done. But it's on their criminal record," Ms. Potter said.

If the student can't pay the fine, the case gets sent up to juvenile court…

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What's the Impact of School Nurse Layoffs in Philadelphia? Take our survey

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 10:58am 0 Comments

The Education Law Center is interested in learning more about the impact of school nurse layoffs on the lives of public school children, their families, teachers, nurses and health professionals in Philadelphia.

ELC's attorneys are trying to identify issues children are facing and strategies schools may employ to address those issues. Any information provided will be extremely helpful. Please take a minute to complete this survey and be sure to pass the survey link along to others.…

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House Education Committee Hearing on School Choice Bills

Posted on June 21, 2011 at 6:22pm 30 Comments

The House Education Committee is hosting a hearing on Wednesday, June 22 to discuss various bills regarding charter schools, school vouchers, and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Each piece of legislation is significant and deals with the fundamental structure of Pennsylvania's public education system. These massive bills are on the verge of being fast-tracked through the legislature without debate or transparency  (remember the pay raise?) and instead tucked…

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At 6:03pm on April 12, 2013, Renee Polachek said…

Hi Brett, thanks for the friendly welcome.  Due to my husband's job requiring him to be absent/away for long periods of time, I began cyber-schooling  our 3 children and we absolutely love it. The flexibility is great, our teachers are awesome & the curriculum is top-notch, in my opinion. Much to our surprise, one of the biggest positives to cyber-schooling was not being tied to all of the PSSA Drills that my children were subjected to on a daily basis in the traditional "brick & mortar" public school system. More recently though, even our school is being forced to require the students participate online in regular PSSA & Keystone Test Prep classes and drills. I have tried to be very compliant and for the past 4 days I drove two of my children back & forth 40 minutes each way to take the PSSA Tests. These 4 days did nothing but frustrate my kids and eat up precious school/curriculum time.  Now, the school is saying that I must drive my son back and forth 3 days in May for the Keystone Exams. The closest site they have to us is 1 hr and 15 mins. away.  I previously asked if it would be possible to have someone there to administer the Keystone Exams while my other children took the PSSA Exams.  First they said, yes. Then they said, no because there were only certain times/windows allowed for testing.  In the past I've known other families who could not take the PSSA tests at the time they were given and the school made them take the tests when they returned.  PA Virtual is saying that the Keystones are a requirement for graduation, but my son's Keystone Prep Class teacher said that if they did not pass the Keystone Exams, it would have no effect on their ability to graduate.  My son is already working on a graduation Project which is another requirement for graduation (another time waster in my opinion).  He has a 3.89 GPA right now.  I can not afford to waste any more of our precious time and gas driving him back and forth 75 minutes both ways for 3 days in a row.  I just did it with my other children and for what?  Where is the common sense?  If he has a 3.89 GPA, does he really need to waste time with a Keystone Prep Exam?  Is there any way we can opt out?  There is no way I can drive him there in May.  I feel the school and the state are being totally unaccommodating.  Sorry for such a long post.  I just wanted to be as clear and thorough as possible.  Thank you.

At 10:11pm on September 9, 2011, Yvonne Harding said…

Thank you Brett Schaeffer, I look forward to learning and getting trained how to access resources available for my children and others in Philadelphia County.

 

At 12:10am on May 10, 2011, Michael Carrier said…
Thanks Brett.  Can't make it Wed, but will try to join future calls.
At 3:28pm on May 6, 2011, Robin Ware Gibson said…
Hi Brett, I'm not sure if this is a site that can help me.  I'm interested in Zero Tolerance Policies.  I'm wanting to make schools use a more "Common Sense" approach when disciplining a child.  This policy has a place but it is not being used in a manner that is serving any good to some students.
At 2:08pm on March 29, 2011, Shari Foose said…
We did, and my son and I spoke to a lawyer there who told us he should be happy for the accommodations he gets. I got an e-mail from Connie Sung about another issue because I'm on your list and she told me to post my question. Brett, nobody I asked knew the answer to the question until I called them, they were the only one who could answer it, everyone took for granted the accommodations you had in place were accepted. What is upsetting is, this is obviously an ADA policy which many people must not be aware of because it doesn't impact them until their child goes to college, if they are able to go at all. How do you think this impacts a person with a disability if they have accommodations put in place all through school because they are needed and then are taken away in college by someone who doesn't even understand the disability?
At 10:02am on March 29, 2011, Shari Foose said…

Hi Brett,

Thank you for getting back to me. I don't know if SEAS or Lehigh Valley Autism Voices or even ARCH know about this thread. Would you like me to introduce it to them and if so would you please write up something explaining what you are with your link you can e-mail me at sharifoose@rcn.com. By the way, my son is going through this situation now and was told the college follows ADA rules. I feel this is a shame because kids with disabilities have accommodations in place to succeed not cheat and some cannot go on to higher education without them.

Shari

At 4:50pm on April 22, 2010, parent said…
did you get my comment
At 4:46pm on April 22, 2010, parent said…
yes, they had about 8 different scenarios.
One of which would be to redistrict, or move boundaries. Our district has 5 neighborhood elementary schools.
One was to keep K-4 in local elem. schools and use one elem. school as a fifth grade center.
Most parents strongly oppose placing 5th grade in the middle school.
The school board cast a vote on this issue two years ago, but neglected to inform the residents. Now that the parents are finding out about the vote, we have started a petition and the superintendent has been informing everyone that this is a done deal and renovation drawings are completed and to ignore the petition.
The parents do not want this. I will be presenting in front of the board in a couple of weeks to fight for the cause. I'm having a hard time getting the parents who signed the petition to show up at the meeting.
 
 
 

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