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:
Annual Helping Children Soar Benefit
Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant
September 20, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm
20 years. 30,000 kids. Impact that reverberates across generations. None of this would have been possible without YOU -- our thousands of donors, friends and champions dedicated to improving the lives of DC's children.
Thank you to Benefit Co-chairs Wendy and Fred Goldberg, Honorary Co-chair The Honorable Mary Landrieu and special guest Chief Judge Lee Satterfield -- and hundreds of our friends, supporters and champions at the 2016 Helping Children Soar benefit. The Honorable Eric Holder was also an Honorary Co-chair.
On this special 20th anniversary evening, Children's Law Center renewed it's commitment to DC's children and proudly honored Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP with the 2016 Children’s Pro Bono Champion Award.
*The firms marked below with an asterisk participate in the DC Access to Justice Commission's Raising the Bar in DC Campaign.
Children's Law Center has reached almost 30,000 children since we were founded 20 years ago. A lot has changed for us -- and them -- since then.
Senior Policy Attorney Damon King testified in favor of the Act, which would allow extended family members raising DC children to receive support under the Grandparent Caregivers Program in the event that a grandparent who was receiving the subsidy dies.
Children's Law Center testified before the Council Education Committee about childhood trauma in DC, how trauma affects learning, and how DC's public school system should respond. We note that education reforms in the District will not fully succeed if schools do not address the trauma that students bring with them to class. In addition, we provide policy recommendations to make DC schools more trauma sensitive.
In 2014, our lawyers, social workers and other dedicated staff reached 1 out of every 8 children in DC's poorest neighborhoods -- helping more than 5,000 children and families. Behind the numbers are the children who are the reason we do what we do. You can read their stories in this year's report.
All children deserve mental health services that allow them to learn in school, live with their families and thrive within their communities. That's why we make improving children's access to quality mental health care a top policy priority.
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.
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, 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.