ELC in the News

English learners caught in competition for funding

Oct. 20, 2016 – The Philadelphia Public School Notebook – by Bill Hangley, Jr. This year brought some good news for Katie Christ. “I finally got textbooks!” That’s a welcome addition to Christ’s high school classroom in Delaware County’s William Penn School District, where she’s taught students who are learning English for 11 years. But new…

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More US Schools Accused of Denying Education to Immigrants

July 19, 2016 – AP PHILADELPHIA — Civil rights lawyers have sued a third U.S. school district over what they call a practice of denying older refugee and immigrant students a meaningful education by steering them to alternative high schools.

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Mother in dispute with district over emails

May 15, 2016 – The Citizens’ Voice – by Michael P. Buffer A Wyoming Area School District teacher compared making accommodations for a special-needs student to appeasing Adolf Hitler and suggested it “would be nice if we spent this much extra time” on students who are “going to amount to something,” according to emails obtained…

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School advocates to state: Add cash to new funding formula

Apr. 28, 2016 – Philadelphia Inquirer – by Mensah M. Dean Buoyed by the end of the state budget stalemate and the creation of a new school funding formula this month, Philadelphia education advocates on Wednesday called on the state legislature to pump $400 million in new money into 2016-17 school budgets. 

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Education Lawsuits Attempt To Rectify Pennsylvania’s Funding Disparities

Apr. 18, 2016 – Essential Pittsburgh WESA 90.5 FM A current funding lawsuit alleges that Pennsylvania has broken its constitutional obligation to provide a “thorough and efficient” education. We’ll talk with Cheryl Kleiman, Staff Attorney for the Education Law Center, one of the attorneys in the case. And Kevin McCorry WHYY Senior Education Writer who is contributing to the NPR reporting project…

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Mayor Kenney delivers first budget address

Mar. 4, 2016 – Damon C. Williams, Philadelphia Tribune Mayor Jim Kenney’s first budget address, delivered before City Council on Thursday, featured a number of initiatives revolving around “five interlocking programs” that will deliver the core services the new mayor said Philadelphians are calling for.

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