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The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Tenants in Brightwood Park Strike To Protest Poor Building Conditions

June 21, 2018
CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel recently sat down with The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss housing conditions and law in DC. A group of tenants in a Brightwood Park apartment building have been withholding rent for three months to force the landlord to address what they describe as deplorable living conditions–including water damage, vermin, and mold. While rent strikes are usually a last resort for tenants, the tactic may gain traction as an effective tool for renters. We explore the rights of tenants–and landlords–in disputes over building maintenance.

Washington Post: Rent strikes grow in popularity among tenants as gentrification drives up rents in cities like D.C.

June 11, 2018
CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel talks with the Washington Post's Marissa J. Lang about unsafe conditions in an Eight Street property in Brightwood Park. On top of the water and fire damage, there were bedbugs, rats and roaches, crumbling structures, mold, faulty electricity, and unreliable heat and hot water. Kathy Zeisel, a lawyer at the Children’s Law Center who is representing several former tenants, said the problems were among the worst she had seen.

Washington Times: D.C.’s school budget not enough, say advocacy groups

May 21, 2018
CLC Policy Director Sharra Greer weighs in on the new DC Council budget, Student Fair Access to School legislation, 2014 Special Education Reforms and more. The council also included $450,000 for schools to stop suspending or expelling students for nonviolent offenses and instead use “restorative justice” practices such as conflict mediation.

Washington City Paper: After a Fire and a Flood, Brightwood Park Tenants Navigate Their New Reality

May 3, 2018
CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel recently sat down with Washington City Paper's Morgan Baskin to talk about the horrible conditions children and families are dealing with at an 8th Street property.

D.C. Council Passes Bill to Ensure Every D.C. Child Has the Right to Be in School, Learning

May 1, 2018
D.C. Council Passes Bill to Ensure Every D.C. Child Has the Right to Be in School, Learning Local Child Advocates Celebrate D.C. School Discipline Reforms WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Every Student Every Day Coalition (ESED) celebrates today’s passage of the Student Fair Access to School Act.

Washington Post: D.C. is misspending millions of dollars intended to help the city’s poorest students

April 17, 2018
CLC team members, including policy attorney Renee Murphy, recently shared their insight about funding for "at-risk students" in DC with the Washington Post. Students are defined as at-risk if they are homeless, recipients of welfare or food stamps, or are more than a year behind in high school. About 44 percent of the nearly 100,000 District students in traditional public and charter schools are considered at-risk.

WAMU: Schools Try New Ways To Address Discipline As D.C. Council Considers Banning Suspensions

April 3, 2018
Students of color, with disabilities and in the foster care system are disproportionately suspended and expelled every day. This ineffective form of punishment fosters a cycle of misbehaving and missing critical hours in school. When more students are suspended, studies show ALL students’ academic achievement suffers. That's why Children’s Law Center supports the Student Fair Access to School legislation so all students can stay engaged and learning.

Washington Post: D.C. officials move closer to overhauling school discipline policy

March 14, 2018
Students of color, students with disabilities and students in the foster care system are disproportionately suspended and expelled every day. This ineffective form of punishment fosters a cycle of misbehaving and missing critical hours in school. When more students are suspended, studies show ALL students’ academic achievement suffers. That's why Children’s Law Center supports the Student Fair Access to School legislation so all students can stay engaged and learning. The Washington Post's Perry Stein recently sat down with CLC Policy Director Sharra Greer to discuss the topic:

Children’s Law Center Honors Jones Day, Mayer Brown, Locke Lord, Bates White Economic Consulting and Latham & Watkins for Generous Support for DC’s Kids

March 7, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – Children’s Law Center announced today that its 2017 Champions for Children Award winners are Latham & Watkins LLP, Bates White Economic Consulting, Locke Lord LLP, Mayer Brown LLP and Jones Day. The award recognizes the generosity of firms with total 2017 annual giving to Children’s Law Center that exceeded that of their peers. More than 30 law firms and corporations participated in the 2017 Champions for Children campaign. This year’s campaign raised $1.1 million, which helps Children’s Law Center reach more than 5,000 children and families each year.