CLC Testimony and Comments

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Oversight Testimony: Office of the State Superintendent of Education (2)

February 20, 2019

Children's Law Center Policy Analyst Michael Villafranca recently shared testimony with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education at its 2019 oversight hearing. We testified because nearly all the children we represent attend public schools in DC – whether traditional public schools or charter schools. Michael joined Policy Director Sharra Greer in sharing his thoughts. He focused on exclusionary discipline practices and how OSSE can address them in DC schools. Read the full testimony here.

Oversight Testimony: Office of the State Superintendent of Education

February 20, 2019

Children's Law Center Policy Director Sharra Greer recently shared testimony at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education's oversight hearing. We testified because nearly all the children we represent attend public schools in DC – whether traditional public schools or charter schools. Sharra focused on the important progress that OSSE has made implementing the special education reforms from 2014 that were fully funded in the FY19 budget. She also addressed some areas where there have been challenges, including transportation. Read the full testimony here.  

Oversight Testimony: Department of Behavioral Health

February 12, 2019

Children's Law Center Policy Director Sharra Greer recently testified about the Department of Behavioral Health during DC's oversight proceedings. We testified because the clients we serve continue to lack timely, quality services. In addition to this, many of the children we work with—children in the foster care system or receiving special education services—only need our help because their mental health needs have gone unaddressed.

Oversight Testimony: DC Health

February 7, 2019

Children's Law Center attorney Kathy Zeisel recently shared her testimony about DC Health with DC Council's Committee on Health. She shared this testimony because through our work, we've seen a significant correlation between children who go to the emergency room for asthma and those who have serious housing conditions issues like mold and insect and rodent infestation in their home.

Testimony: Public Oversight Roundtable DCRA: What Issues Should the Committee Pursue?

February 6, 2019

Children's Law Center attorney Anne Cunningham recently testified about DCRA. This testimony was the seventh time in 20 months that a CLC team member has testified about DCRA. We testify about this topic so often because the costly human and fiscal consequences of unsafe homes impact our clients and DC as a whole every day. Exposure to environmental allergens, such as mold and vermin, can cause both acute medical crises as well as the development of chronic, lifelong ailments. Lead exposure can permanently damage a child’s development.

Testimony: The Status of Home Visiting Services in the District

November 28, 2018

Children's Law Center attorney Aubrey Edwards-Luce recently testified about the Status of Home Visiting Services in the District. We are testifying about this legislation because we have advocated for continued investigation and investment in home visiting programs for many years, because home visiting is an important piece of the District’s child abuse and neglect prevention services array. We know from our work that children have the best chance to avoid contact with the child abuse and neglect system when their parents and caregivers are fully supported and equipped to meet their needs.

Comment: Notice of Revisions to the Special Education Audit Policy

November 28, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared its comments with the DC Public Charter School Board about its revisions to the special education audit policy. We're offering the following comments because while we appreciate that PCSB is updating and expanding its audit procedures, we're concerned that the proposed policy is subjective in its procedures. We're recommending better-defined procedures which will limit the influence of bias and ensure consistency in enforcement. Read the full comments here.

Testimony: Students in the Care of the D.C. Coordinating Committee Act of 2018

November 16, 2018

Children's Law Center policy analyst Michael Villafranca recently shared testimony about the Students in the Care of the D.C. Coordinating Committee Act of 2018. We're commenting on the legislation because the research is clear that education, including connection to school and relationships there, “provides a reliable pathway” for youth, in any of the court systems, to become positive members of their communities. This bill establishes a collaborative body that we hope will address many systemic gaps in this area. Real the full testimony and our recommendations here.

Comment: 2018 Mold Amendment Proposed Rules

November 6, 2018

Children's Law Center recently shared its comments with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) about the 2018 Mold Amendment Proposed Rules published by DDOE amending the Mold Assessment and Remediation Licensure Regulations in Chapter 32 of Title 20 DCMR. We're offering the following comments to express our general support of the proposed amendments and to recommend language that will make the amendments stronger for DC children and families. Read the full comments here.

Testimony: School Safety Act of 2018

November 1, 2018

Children's Law Center attorney Aubrey Edwards-Luce recently testified about the School Safety Act of 2018. We are testifying about this legislation because the attorneys, social workers, and investigators at Children’s Law Center see the trauma that children endure after being sexually abused in their homes, and we whole heartedly support the School Safety Act’s intent to prevent and respond to sexual abuse in schools. We also look forward to any opportunity to work with the Committee to further strengthen the protective efforts initiated by the School Safety Act.