CLC Testimony and Comments
The children we advocate for at Children’s Law Center are disproportionately impacted by school suspensions and expulsions—children of color, children with disabilities and children in foster care. We regularly serve children who are sent home from school instead of receiving the educational supports they need to stay in the classroom and continue learning. Executive Director Judith Sandalow testifies about how passing the Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017 would have a positive impact for DC children.
Children's Law Center's experience with Rapid Re-Housing in the District is that its structure and its implementation often result in families living in substandard housing that puts their children’s health at risk and that leaves them without a stable housing option at the end of the program. CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow testifies.
Diana Sisson is part of CLC's medical legal partnership, an innovative collaboration between pediatricians and lawyers where lawyers become part of the medical team on site at health clinics at Children’s National Health System, Unity and Mary’s Center. CLC works in health centers in wards 1, 4, 7 and 8, and I am on site at the Children’s Health Center at Anacostia. While working with clients in these centers, Diana has seen that the current Rapid Re-Housing program is broken at every step and that the program leaves the families she has worked with feeling alone, ignored, and unsafe.
The State of Special Education Services in the DC traditional and public charter schools and the "OSSE Enhanced Special Education Services Act of 2014: Implementation Report to the Council of the District of Columbia"
Children's Law Center attorney Renee Murphy testifies about why the 2014 Special Education Reform Acts need to be fully funded to help meet the needs of several groups of very vulnerable children with disabilities.
Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow testified about poverty in DC and how the proposed Commission on Poverty could be most successful.
Executive Director Judith Sandalow testified at a joint public roundtable before the DC Council’s Committee of the Whole and Committee on Education regarding the District’s efforts to improve school attendance and to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism.
Supervising Attorney Renee Murphy shared her testimony with the District of Columbia Council Committee on Education regarding what legal reforms could positively impact education systems for youth in the care and control of juvenile justice, PINS, child welfare/neglect and mental health systems.
Senior Policy Attorney Anne Cunningham testified before the DC Council’s Committee of the Whole regarding the inspection and enforcement of the District’s housing codes regulated by the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).
Policy Director Sharra Greer testified at a joint public hearing before the DC Council’s Committees on Education, Health, and Finance & Revenue regarding the proposed Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017 and the Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act of 2017.
Executive Director Judith Sandalow testified before the DC Council’s Committee on Human Services regarding the Child & Family Services Agency’s (CFSA) Safe Haven and Stable Families Redesigns.