Education Law Center
Newsletter | February 2014
Feds to Investigate Discrimination in PA's Alternative Ed Programs
Based on the Education Law Center's legal complaint, the U.S. Department of Justice announced this month it has opened an investigation into discriminatory placement of students in Pennsylvania's Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth programs.

The Law Center's August 2013 complaint cites four years worth of Pennsylvania data showing a disproportionately high number of students with disabilities and African American students are removed from traditional public schools and sent to educationally inferior AEDY or similar alternative education programs, often in violation of federal laws.

ELC's Nancy Hubley 
to Receive HCEF Award

The Homeless Children's Education Fund is honoring ELC's Pittsburgh Director Nancy A. Hubley with its 2014 Linda Dickerson Award at the annual Champions for Children Benefit on March 4. 

The award is presented annually to individuals who provide opportunities to children experiencing homelessness. Nancy's work with ELC for more than two decades has has focused on the legal rights of the most vulnerable children, including children experiencing homelessness. 

In 2010, Nancy was honored by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty for her work on behalf of students experiencing homelessness in Pennsylvania. 


Possible Roadmap for Fixing Pa.'s Public Education Funding
Signe Wilkinson, Philadelphia Daily News, Feb. 23, 2014
Rhonda Brownstein, The Legal Intelligencer - Feb. 24, 2014

Earlier this month, 15 parents from throughout New York state, along with a coalition of statewide education groups, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state's public school students, charging that the state is neglecting its constitutional obligation to ensure that every school has sufficient funding to provide all students a meaningful educational opportunity.

The suit, titled New Yorkers for Students' Educational Rights v. the State of New York, No. 14 (Feb. 10, 2014), is being led by Michael A. Rebell, who successfully litigated the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. the State of New York, 2003 NY Int. 84 (June 26, 2003), case.
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