Public Interest Law Center
A federal judge has given a preliminary okay to a settlement that ensures that autistic children won’t be shuffled from school to school without parents being given advance notice.
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia says it has precedent that shows it could work: the Chester-Upland budget crisis.
The trial in the case challenging Pennsylvania’s voter ID law has wrapped up with closing arguments before a Commonwealth Court judge.
“This decision was a bad day for America and for voting,” says Jennifer Clarke, executive director of the Public Interest Law Center and one of the plaintiff attorneys in Pennsylvania’s yearlong battle over voter ID.
Two years ago, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia filed a class-action lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia on behalf of the 1,600 children with autism in grades K through 8.
The Department of State announced on Friday that it has created a new, more accessible photo ID just for voting. The announcement came less than five days before the ACLU lawsuit to overturn the law was expected to go to trial in Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania state senator Shirley Kitchen, whose constituency includes North Philadelphia, held a streetcorner rally at 23rd and Allegheny to remind area residents about Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law.