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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.

Congratulations to Our Very Own Tracy Goodman!

November 3, 2017
When you look at the trajectory of a child’s life, there is no more important effort than to help them get the basic health care that they need and an appropriate education. This has been Tracy’s life work.* This week, the Washington Council of Lawyers announced its 2017 award honorees. We’re proud to share that Tracy Goodman, Children’s Law Center Director of Healthy Together, won the 2017  prestigious Legal Services Award! Tracy’s Tenacious Work for DC Children

When A Cough Isn’t Just A Cough: A day in the life of an embedded CLC attorney

October 25, 2017
It’s 9 a.m. on a crisp fall day in the District as Children’s Law Center Attorney Jani Tillery walks into Unity Health Care Minnesota Avenue Health Center. Her mood is high. Not only is it a perfect October morning—the kind where leaves are changing and there’s just a hint of chill in the air—it’s also DC Pro Bono Week (but more on that later).

When One Day Out Of School Means Years of Consequences

October 5, 2017
Just one day out of school makes a huge impact in a child’s education, and we don’t have time to waste. Unfortunately, some DC high schools are reporting only a fraction of suspensions. In her recent Huffington Post article, Children’s Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow urged DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson to send the message that he will not tolerate this violation of the law. She made her case, saying:

Street Sense: Boosting Attendance As Questions Surround DCPS Data

July 26, 2017
In July it came to light the many District of Columbia Public Schools were barring students from coming to class, but weren’t recording the suspensions, resulting in inaccurate attendance data. While the schools in question plan an attendance audit, a complete audit on all DC schools is necessary. Street Sense recently spoke with Children’s Law Center about the concerns.

Washington Post: District Does An About-Face On TANF Reform

July 24, 2017
In the most recent budget cycle, Children’s Law Center and the community we serve achieved a major victory in TANF reform. The DC Council voted to do-away with the 60 month time limit and gradually increase benefits for those whose payments had been reduced. Recently, The Washington Post spoke with Children's Law Center about the victory.