Education Law Center | July Newsletter
We've had a busy month at the Education Law Center! Read below about the PA budget stalemate, a third grader threatened with expulsion, our 40th Anniversary Celebration, and more!
ELC's 40th Anniversary event Sept. 16!
Join us at our 40th Anniversary Celebration as we honor Fred Magaziner (Dechert LLP), Catherine C. Carr (Community Legal Services), the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Hear Me. The event will feature food, drink, and a silent auction. Celebrate with us September 16th at 5:30PM at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia's Wanamaker Building. 

Purchase a ticket or learn how to sponsor the event
Let your legislator know the PA budget stalemate harms children and schools
Please set aside 10 minutes on Wednesday, July 29 to call your state legislators and let them know they need to go back to Harrisburg and put Pennsylvania's children first by passing a budget that begins to solve our school funding crisis.

Learn more and contact your legislator
Third grader threatened with expulsion; ELC attorneys intervene
This month, ELC represented a 3rd grade boy who was threatened with expulsion by his charter school for a "weapons violation" when he poked another student with his pencil. Following ELC's demand letter, the school canceled the expulsion hearing and the student was permitted to return. 

ELC attorneys present on school-to-prison pipeline at national conference
ELC attorneys Nancy Potter, Leigh Loman (right) & Ashley Sawyer presented at the national
Free Minds, Free People conference. Their panel focused on community-driven solutions to zero-tolerance, aggressive policing in schools, and other extreme school discipline practices that push students out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice system. 

Save the date: School Funding Forum in Pittsburgh Aug. 6th
With Hear Me and our western PA partners in the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, the Education Law Center is convening a school funding forum with a focus on the most at-risk students on August 6th in Pittsburgh. 
Help us welcome our new Philly Fellow
Samyuktha Natarajan joins the Education Law Center this week for a one-year fellowship to coordinate a new project to provide legal clinics and education advocacy trainings for parents and homeless shelter providers in Philadelphia. She is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College. We're grateful to Philly Fellows - which provides fellowships to pair recent graduates with non-profit organizations - for their support of this program. Welcome, Samyuktha!

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"Before reform, fund properly"
ELC Staff Attorney David Lapp co-wrote an Op-Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer this month with Adam Schott, Director of Policy Research at Research for Action. The two emphasized the need to fund our schools adequately before considering school takeover policies. 
Staff Attorney job opening in Pittsburgh
The Education Law Center seeks an experienced attorney for a full-time position in our Pittsburgh office. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we hope to fill the position by September 1, 2015.

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