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Education Law Center

1315 Walnut Street, Ste. 400, Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-238-6970 (phone)
215-772-3125 (fax)
  • 215-238-6970
  • 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 advocating on behalf of the most at-risk students — children living in poverty, children of color, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children with disabilities, English Language Learners, and children experiencing homelessness.
  • Income guidelines: none
    Geographic guidelines: PA residents
  • By phone: ELC provides consultation and advice to individual clients in certain priority areas, though we are not able to respond to all calls. Clients should call ELC’s main number (215-238-6970) for more information.

    ELC is not able to accept walk-in clients.
  • We focus on three key program areas: (1) Ensuring Equal Access, which includes advocating for access to school and needed services on behalf of children with disabilities, children in the foster care system, children experiencing homelessness, children of color, and English language learners; (2) Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline, which includes promoting evidence-based prevention practices to improve school climate while advocating against exclusionary discipline policies that push at-risk children out of school and often into the school-to-prison pipeline; and (3) Fighting for Fair Funding, which includes advocating for adequate and equitable state funding for under-resourced schools in Pennsylvania. ELC employs a broad range of strategies to accomplish this mission including direct legal representation, impact litigation, educating parents and students about their legal rights, supporting community-based groups, and legislative, regulatory, and policy advocacy.

    NOTE: ELC does not provide direct counseling to individual families in special education matters, and does not address issues of home-schooling, higher education/post-secondary education, issues relating solely to private schools or gifted education. However, publications on some of these issues are available on ELC’s website.
  • Advice and information to individual parents, students and others through their phone intake system in certain priority areas. In addition, ELC’s publications can be downloaded from their Web site, www.elc-pa.org.

    Education & Support: Provides training programs on legal rights to parents, parent advocates, and service providers. Provides support and consultation to students, parents, and community organizations.

    Legislative, administrative, and policy advocacy: Supports parents, students, and community organizations in efforts to influence state and local policies affecting disadvantaged children in the public education system.

    Impact Litigation: Represents individual families and classes of families/students to eliminate broad-based illegal practices or to
    establish important precedents.
  • Deborah Gordon Klehr, Esq.
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