About ELC

All students should have access to modern resources and equal opportunities to learn.

The Education Law Center’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. We pursue this mission by focusing on the most underserved students: children living in poverty, children of color, children with disabilities, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children experiencing homelessness,  English learners, LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming students – and many who are at the intersection of these identities.

You can view a short introductory video here.

The Education Law Center’s objectives:

  • Ensure all children in Pennsylvania have access to quality public educational services and to the full range of educational options that are available to their peers.
  • Hold officials and policymakers accountable for complying with the laws protecting the educational rights of the most disadvantaged children.
  • Keep state laws and state and local policies fair, aimed at ensuring equal access to quality schools, and reducing disproportionality along race and class lines.
  • Give families a voice in their children’s education, the tools to resolve problems that their children experience in school, and the information to be advocates for improvements to local and state education policy and law.
  • Support community organizations and grassroots advocates in their efforts to improve public education.

Read more about the Education Law Center and our recent work.