Ensuring Equal Access

Over 24,000

During the 2013-14 school year, 24,504 students experienced homelessness in Pennsylvania, setting an all-time high for the state.

Equal access issues have historically been a large part of ELC’s work. Access issues involve either the total exclusion of a child from school, or the exclusion of some groups of children from services and programs they need to succeed.

Our work in this area includes fighting against unfair residency rules that impact children experiencing homelessness and those in foster care, refusals to fully include children with disabilities, the failure to address language barriers affecting immigrant students and English learners, bias against LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming students, and the denial of education to children in residential placements. With the rapidly changing nature of public education taking place today, ELC’s vigilance in protecting children against illegal barriers is more critical than ever.

 

Fact Sheet

Your Right to Be Free from Gender Identity Discrimination

This 2018 ELC Fact Sheet details rights of transgender and gender-noncomforming students, addressing access to facilities, expressing your gender identity,...Read More

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Analysis

Report Highlights Dangers, Lack of Educational Opportunity in Pa. Residential Child Welfare Facilities

This report by Children’s Rights and the Education Law Center-PA, entitled Unsafe and Uneducated: Indifference to Dangers in Pennsylvania’s Residential Child...Read More

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Current Law & Policy

Testimony: Meeting Needs of English Learners and Limited English Proficient Families in Philadelphia

For a meeting of the Student Achievement and Support Committee of the Philadelphia school board, ELC provided an overview of the...Read More

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