Law Center Updates

Law Center Urges Congress to Pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act

The Law Center, along with over 150 organizations across the country, has signed a letter urging Congress to pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which will create restraint and seclusion standards in schools that will better protect both students and staff.

Law Center Joins Advocates in Urging Governor to Pass Special Education Funding Reform

The Law Center, along with 24 other organizations, has sent Governor Tom Corbett a letter urging him to move Senate Bill 1115 through as quickly as possible. If passed, the bill will help improve the efficiency with which special education funding is distributed in the state, helping 270,000 students with special needs receive the educations […]

“City Schools’ Real Problem”

An op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer co-authored by the Law Center’s Michael Churchill highlights the real reason results are floundering in the School District of Philadelphia: funding.

The ‘20% less’ solution is the problem, not the answer

In an editorial published by the Public School Notebook, the Law Center’s Michael Churchill discusses the real causes of the Philadelphia School District’s budget gap. Contrary to the belief that the District’s deficits are caused by excessive spending, Philadelphia actually spends $2,703 less per pupil than districts in neighboring counties. Mr. Churchill explains that the […]

Law Center to SRC: Reorganization Plan Must Explain How Special Education Will Be Delivered

In testimony on June 21, Law Center Attorney Sonja Kerr along with several other special education advocates urged the School Reform Commission (SRC), to consider how the reorganization and transition proposals for the next school year will affect the 20% of the students in the district with disabilities.

Ann Juliano and Nicole Perkins Elected to Board of Directors

The Law Center is honored to welcome Ann Carey Juliano and Nicole Perkins to our Board of Directors. We look forward to working with them over the coming years to fulfill our mission of advancing equality for the region’s most vulnerable populations.

Law Center Urges General Assembly to Reject EISC

The Law Center recently joined over a dozen other organizations in expressing concerns to the General Assembly over the proposed $450 million Education Improvement Scholarship Credit (EISC). The EISC would re-direct money from revenue collections and thus reduce revenue to programs and services like education.

Law Center Board Member Shelly Yanoff to Step Down from PCCY

Shelly Yanoff, long-time Executive Director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), has announced she’s stepping down. All of Philadelphia will miss her tenacious advocacy and brilliant leadership, which has always been an inspiration to us here at the Law Center. We are honored to have her as a Board Member, and we’re proud […]

Attend the City Council Public Hearing on June 12th to protect the Eastwick community and Heinz Wildlife Refuge!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:00 AM, City Hall Room 400

Special Education Should Be a Service Not a Place

In an article in the Legal Intelligencer, the Law Center’s Jennifer Clarke and David Hanyok  highlight the important role parents and lawyers play in making sure that children with disabilities receive a proper education in accordance with the 1975 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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