PA Issues New Guidelines to Improve Early Education Access for Homeless Children
New policy guidance issued last week by the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning improves access to early learning opportunities for homeless children under the age of six.
PA Enacts Historic Special Education Funding Reforms
Governor Corbett signed into law historic legislation to fix Pennsylvania's broken special education funding and accountability system.
House Bill 2 establishes a legislative commission to develop — for the first time in the Commonwealth — a funding formula for special education that uses accurate student counts and addresses actual student needs.
Law Center Report: PA One of Only Three States without Education Funding Formula
Pennsylvania is a national outlier when it comes to following basic budgeting principles — accuracy, fairness, and transparency — that most states use when it comes to public school funding.
PA's Lack of Education Funding System Failing Constitutional Requirement
Pennsylvania's lack of an education funding system is failing the state's constitutional requirement for "maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education," according to members of advocacy groups throughout the state. Read more...
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ELC’s work falls into three major areas:
- Making sure that all children have access to school and school programs
We work to eliminate practices that make it difficult or impossible for a child to enroll in school, or that deny children access to school programs on the basis of disability, English language learner status, homelessness, or other factors.
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- Fairness in School Discipline in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Attorneys and Advocates Who Represent Students
- Getting Information About Your School: A Guide to Pennsylvania Laws on Open Meetings and Public Records
- Basics of Special Education Law Brochure for parents
- Right to Special Education Manual (2009A)
- El Derecho a Educacion Especial en Pensilvania, a Spanish-language version of ELC’s 2009 guide, The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania, is now available (translation courtesy of the Disability Rights Network).
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