Three bidders revealed in potential Chester Upland SD outsourcing process; parents continue to demand meaningful public participation

The Chester Upland School District’s court-appointed receiver finally released the names of the three bidders who responded to a Request for Proposals (RFP) to take over district schools, along with the names of committee members who will assist the receiver in reviewing these proposals. The information came after parent representatives announced they were filing an emergency petition in court seeking this and additional information.

The School District of Philadelphia must improve transition services for students with disabilities

February 23, 2021 Dear Board of Education Members, We are advocates and parents of current and former public school students with disabilities in the School District of Philadelphia (the “District”). We write to provide you with the transcript of a hearing that was held before Philadelphia City Council in the fall of 2020 about the […]

Letter in support of postponing in-person testing of English Language Learners during the pandemic

Re: Request to Postpone WIDA ACCESS testing of English learners during the Pandemic December 29, 2020 Dear Secretary Ortega, Deputy Secretary Stem, and Director Measel, We write today to urge you to postpone the in-person administration of the WIDA ACCESS test for emerging bilingual students (aka English learners) during the COVID-19 pandemic until it is […]

Parents in Chester Upland ask court to suspend charter school conversion process, conducted in secret

Today, parents and a community organization in Chester Upland School District filed an emergency motion to suspend a process to outsource the entire district’s operations and schools to charter operators. This request for proposals process has taken place in secret, with no public notice and no opportunities for parents and other community members to weigh in,

Compensatory Education for Students with IEPs

What is compensatory education? Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are entitled to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). If a school district fails to provide a student with FAPE, and the parent files a due process complaint, one remedy is compensatory education. Compensatory education is money that families can use to pay for educational services […]

Attention Philadelphia Parents: do you have a student with an Individualized Education Program?

The Public Interest Law Center would like to learn more about how the School District of Philadelphia is doing conducting evaluations/reevaluations and providing related services during school building closures and virtual instruction.

We join more than 70 organizations to urge Governor Wolf to ensure educational equity during COVID-19 closures

For more information on this letter and this effort, visit Education Law Center-PA, which led the drafting process. March 23, 2020 Dear Governor Wolf and Secretary Rivera: We write on behalf of community organizations, parents, advocates, and attorneys across Pennsylvania who work to advance the educational rights of children and their families. Signatories include disability […]

Ian Linn, a former client and current advocate, joins us for his senior project

Ian Linn graduated from Masterman High School in Philadelphia on June 3rd and will be attending Oberlin College in the fall. He is undecided on his major, but plans to study liberal arts and is considering a career in law. This May, he shadowed Equal Justice Works fellow Darlene Hemerka as part of his senior […]

Funding Matters: Pennsylvania Districts with More Resources are Higher Achieving

Every year around state budget time, there is a fair amount of nonsense that attends the decision of how much money the state will give to our public schools. This obscures the central fact that a bold state funding investment is needed to make sure all Pennsylvania students can thrive.

Law Center Files Amicus Brief in Case Challenging School District Plan to Arm Teachers

December 21, 2018 —  CeaseFirePA, the Education Law Center, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and the Public Interest Law Center filed an amicus brief today in support of the Tamaqua Education Association’s challenge to the Tamaqua Area School District’s new policy to arm teachers and other school personnel. Amici organizations are focused on ensuring student […]