On October 24, The American Law Institute announced the election of 37 new members nationwide, including ELC’s Executive Director Deborah Gordon Klehr. The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. “This latest group of new members exemplifies the diversity in perspective and experience essential to the work of The American Law Institute,” said ALI President David F. Levi. “We always hope to work with thoughtful and wise people who care about the things that we do. This is another great opportunity to do just that.” Congratulations Deborah!
On October 20, 2017, ELC released a statement on the Pa. Department of Education’s finding that the Philadelphia School District violated the rights of at least 800 incoming Kindergarten students. Read the news release here.
The Education Law Center has successfully filed a complaint against the School District of Philadelphia on behalf of hundreds of students with disabilities who were not provided with needed services after entering kindergarten or first-grade. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has issued corrective action in response to the complaint, requiring the School District of Philadelphia to issue compensatory education services for all children who were denied a free, appropriate, public education due to the District’s delay and inaction. The Education Law Center applauded the Department’s findings and intervention but also requested further corrective action. Here are links to read the Complaint and the Department’s Complaint Investigation Report.
Education Law Center, PFLAG Pittsburgh, and SisTers PGH released a joint statement on October 5, 2017, in response to planned protests in Allegheny County by the anti-LGBTQ Westboro Baptist Church. Read the statement here.