CLC Testimony and Comments
CLC Policy Director Sharra Greer testifies about DC Public Schools, saying the focus has moved away from students and schools. She asks the Council, the Mayor and her team, and the city to regain focus.
The District’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is responsible for the welfare of children who often have complex trauma histories and have been failed by many other systems. Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow testifies about CFSA's achievements and how the agency can continue improving.
The challenge of addressing bullying is more complicated than just having policies that are compliant with the law. At Children's Law Center, we know from research that one of the best ways to prevent bullying is to address school climate issues, which is why we continue to be engaged with the program’s school climate improvement work. Michael Villafranca testifies.
In her testimony, Children's Law Center attorney Renee Murphy focuses on the additional steps that the most vulnerable and marginalized students need the District, and PCSB as part of District education leadership, to take to reform special education, better assist English learners and their families, target funding to at risk students, and improve student engagement in school.
Children's Law Center attorney Renee Murphy focuses her testimony on two areas where the District needs the Deputy Mayor to focus her leadership to create and drive long-term planning and improvement across LEAs and agencies: special education and early intervention for children with disabilities and school engagement.
Children's Law Center attorney Anne Cunningham testifies about Home Visiting and the Build Health Challenge Grant—which has enabled Children’s Law Center, Children’s National Health System, and DOH to partner toward improving asthma in Southeast DC.
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.