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Law Center News: October 2013
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Education News: Parents Document Philly School Budget Cuts
 through Proactive, Online Complaint Portal
In partnership with Parents United for Public Education and the offices of Councilman Bill Green and Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, we've launched - an online portal through which parents, students and educators can file complaints directly with the state Department of Education about curriculum and service deficiencies. Under the state constitution, state officials must provide students with a "thorough and efficient system of public education." Many of the complaints already filed document that the state is failing to adhere to this constitutional provision. More than 800 complaints, including group complaints about the lack of nurses and school counselors, have already been filed.
Voting News: ID is NOT Required at November 5th Election
The Department of State has resumed its expensive and confusing advertising campaign about the voter identification law in advance of the November 5th election. In August, the court ruled that voters would not need to show identification at the polls in November. Unfortunately, that same court ruling permitted the state to continue this "voter education" campaign. Under the August decision, poll workers are allowed to ask for identification on election day, though voters do not need to present identification to cast a ballot. (There are special rules for first-time voters.) We expect the court to issue a final ruling in the next few months, and both sides are prepared to appeal the Commonwealth Court's final decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Law Center News: Great Turnout at Annual Gala
Board members, supporters, clients, volunteers and staff gathered earlier this month at our annual Social Justice Gala. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear the stories of our clients and participate in our auctions - pictured here are board chair Eric Rothschild and member Paul Saint-Antoine with the great sports memorabilia they won. We're already starting to plan for our 2014 gala! 
Supporter Spotlight: Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers
Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers has been a Law Center partner since brilliantly managing the move to our current office in 2009. Recently Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers hosted a fundraiser and networking event in honor of their ten-year anniversary. They are donating all of the proceeds from that event to the Law Center.  If you, or someone you know, may be interested in supporting our work, please contact Elizabeth Pendley, director of development, at [email protected].

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