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CLC regularly testifies before the DC Council and agencies and comments on regulations and policies. CLC's testimonies and comments can be viewed below.

Budget Oversight Testimony on DC Public Schools
April 17, 2014

Children's Law Center testified at an April 17 budget oversight hearing regarding the Mayor's FY15 budget for DC public schools (DCPS). More information about the hearing is available on the Council website.

Budget Oversight Testimony on DC's Child and Family Services Agency
April 14, 2014

Children's Law Center testified at an April 14 Agency Budget Oversight Hearing on DC's Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). More information about the Hearing is available on the Council website.

Oversight Testimony on the DC Department of the Environment Budget
April 11, 2014

Children's Law Center testified at an April 11 oversight hearing on the DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) budget. More information about the hearing is available on the Council website.

Public Roundtable Testimony on Children's Safety at the DC General Family Shelter
March 31, 2014

Children’s Law Center testified before a March 28 City Council Committee on Human Services public roundtable hearing on the security of children at DC General, which was called in the wake of the tragic abduction of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd from the shelter. More information on the hearing is available on the Council website.

Oversight hearing for the Department of Health
March 7, 2014

In testimony today at the oversight hearing for the Department of Health, Executive Director Judith Sandalow highlighted the need for high-quality home visiting programs in the District and the increasing necessity that city agencies collaborate to meet children and families' needs.

Oversight hearing for the Department of Health
March 7, 2014

In testimony today at the oversight hearing for the Department of Health, Executive Director Judith Sandalow highlighted the need for high-quality home visiting programs in the District and the increasing necessity that city agencies collaborate to meet children and families' needs.

Oversight hearing for the Public Charter School Board
March 6, 2014

In testimony today at the oversight hearing for the DC Public Charter School Board, Senior Policy Attorney Elizabeth Tossell commended the education agency for its data sharing transparency and for using the data to strategically to improve school performance. However, Tossell also highlighted several challenges that hinder the quality of charter school educations for children in foster care or in need of special education services.

Oversight hearing for the Department of Health Care Finance
March 6, 2014

In testimony today at the oversight hearing for the Department of Health Care Finance, Executive Director Judith Sandalow highlighted two areas where the department has an opportunity to improve the health and welfare of children in the District.

Oversight hearing for the Department of Behavioral Health
March 5, 2014

In testimony today at the oversight hearing for the District's Department of Behavioral Health, Executive Director Judith Sandalow noted the agency's strides in improving the children's mental health system, and highlighted the barriers that remain to getting services to the children who need them.

Oversight hearing for DC Public Schools
February 26, 2014

In testimony today at the oversight hearing for DC Public Schools (DCPS), Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow talked about the school system's performance in special education during the past year and made recommendations for future improvements.

Oversight hearing for the Department of Health and Human Services
February 25, 2014

In testimony today before the DC Council at the performance oversight hearing for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS), Children’s Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow urged the Deputy Mayor to take a leadership role in ensuring that any financial savings seen by the DC Children and Family Services Agency (DC CFSA) as a result of a decrease in its foster care population be reinvested into specific prevention services for fragile families and access to mental health services for children in or at risk of entering the child welfare system be improved.

Oversight hearing for the DC Department of the Environment
February 25, 2014

Children's Law Center Senior Supervising Attorney Kathy Zeisel testified today at the oversight hearing for the DC Department of Environment (DDOE)to praise the work of the Healthy Homes program during the past year and ask for expanded protections for DC residents against the substantial presence of mold.

 

Oversight hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education
February 24, 2014

In testimony today at the oversight hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Children’s Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow urged the agency to focus in the coming year on expanding special education capacity in the public schools, improving oversight of special education at the charter schools, and standardizing high school graduation requirements.

Oversight Hearing for DC's Child and Family Services Agency
February 12, 2014

Children's Law Center executive director Judith Sandalow testified before DC Council's Committee on Human Services at an oversight hearing for the Child and Family Services Agency. In her statement, she highlighted agency initiatives showing progress and some challenges that could hinder future success. 

Testimony on Housing Conditions and Children's Health
January 2, 2014

Children's Law Center senior supervising attorney Kathy Zeisel testified before the DC Council in support of B20-569, the Air Pollution Disclosure and Reduction Act. The legislation would address housing conditions that affect children's health, including mold.

Comments on Proposed Student Grievance Procedure
December 27, 2013

In comments for District of Columbia Public Schools, Children's Law Center suggests revisions to make the Student Grievance Procedures fair and accessible to all DCPS students. 

Testimony on the State of Pre-Kindergarten Education in DC
December 11, 2013

Children's Law Center executive director Judith Sandalow testified before the DC Council Committee on Education on the state of pre-kindergarten education in DC.

Testimony on the State of Special Education in DC
November 1, 2013

Children's Law Center executive director Judith Sandalow testified before the DC Council Committee on Education on the state of special education in DC.

Testimony on TANF Cost of Living Adjustment
October 3, 2013

Children's Law Center senior supervising attorney Lauren Onkeles-Klein testified in support of a bill to add cost of living adjustments to DC's TANF benefits.

Hearing on Video Visit Modification Act
July 10, 2013

In written testimony, Children's Law Center details the effects of parental incarceration on children and the importance of visitation.

I will never forget my clients … in fact, I still have their picture on the wall in my office, because it really helps me to put into perspective my work and the work of the Children’s Law Center.

-Carmen G. McLean
Partner, Jones Day
Member, CLC Board of Directors
CLC Pro Bono attorney

 

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