As the 2019 school year starts, students are excited and nervous—and that includes DC's homeless students. The Washington Post's Perry Stein recently went "back-to-school" with former CLC client Lakia. Following CLC's advocacy, Lakia now has the educational supports she needs to truly learn, but she continues to face (and overcome) the hurdles she encounters as a homeless student. CLC attorney Diana Sisson weighs in on homelessness and its impact on District students. Read more below:
At CLC, we see this every day—unhealthy, unsafe housing conditions are harming DC children and families. CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel talks with Washington Post's Terrence McCoy about the problem.
At Children's Law Center, we support the demolition of DC General—but only if all children and families who live there have safe, healthy homes. That is not the case right now. CLC attorney Kathy Zeisel has been closely following the situation and offers her thoughts to the DCist.
The D.C. Council considered legislation, proposed by Councilmember Trayon White in July, that would halt demolition until families are moved out, but ultimately passed a watered down version of the bill that requires stricter oversight of the demolition process at the site.
The legislation passed its final DC Council vote on Tuesday, May 1! You can now support DC kids’ right to education by urging Mayor Muriel Bowser to support The Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017.
Transforming the Lives of DC Children
Imagine a child in trouble. Do you picture a student suspended for disruptive behavior? A toddler left alone by his mother? A teenager who has life-threatening asthma attacks in the middle of the night? These are among the troubles children in the District face every day.
In the pages of this annual report, you will read about Darren Pegram, Akhil Medley and Laila Rodriguez, who are among the thousands of children and families Children’s Law Center fought for in 2016. Our work helped transform their lives.