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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. 

Street Sense: Oversight hearing on education highlights barriers for low-income students

February 22, 2018
Nearly 30 people testified during the Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearing led by Committee Chair David Grosso. District residents, along with the Public Charter School Board and the Deputy Mayor for Education, testified during the hearing. 

Washington Lawyer: Ringing in the New Year

January 15, 2018
Children's Law Center Legal Director Chrissy Smith was recently featured in Washington Lawyer.   You can see the full article here!

Washington Post: Is D.C.’s ‘80/20’ attendance rule unfair to students?

December 29, 2017
If D.C. students miss their first class and arrive in the middle of second period, they are marked absent for the entire day — even if they attend every other class. Sharra Greer weighs in in the Washington Post. Sharra Greer, policy director at the Children’s Law Center, a nonprofit group that provides free legal service to D.C. children and their families, said the council later approved measures to help prevent some chronically absent students from being tied up in the court system, but she said further changes are needed.

A death in the family? We’d like to help—in six months.

November 6, 2017
In her recent Huffington Post article, Executive Director Judith Sandalow explains why funding the 2014 Special Education Reforms is critical for DC's children. We meet children every day who are failing in school and must wait months before getting the right supports to learn. The most   recent testing data shows that 60 percent of special education students score at lowest level of standardized testing, as opposed to 20-30 percent of students in general education. Our schools are failing these children.