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Thousands of families and advocates for children with disabilities spent tireless hours over the past several years urging members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to address the critical need…Continue
The Education Law Center, along with 40 organizations across the state, has worked for several years to reform the state system for special education funding and accountability.…Continue
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
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
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.…Continue
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…
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.…Continue
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…Continue