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Call to Action on Senate Version of the American Health Care Act
Legal Aid joins with the Western Center for Poverty and Law (you may click that link to read their statement) in expressing our concern over the potentially devastating threats to Medicaid and medical coverage for millions contained in this month's release of the Senate version of the American Health Care Act. We encourage you to contact Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris to let them know you stand with them in their opposition to this bill.
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Legal Aid Supports Passage of the IDEA Full Funding Act
In 1975, Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA is the legal authority which guarantees disabled children the right to receive a free and appropriate education (FAPE). The federal government pledged to pay 40% of average per pupil expenditures for special education. However, this monetary pledge never came to fruition. Federal IDEA funding currently stands at only 15.7% and the Trump budget proposes an additional 113 million dollars of cuts to this already underfunded law. The funding shortfall burdens local and state governments and also results in children not receiving FAPE due to lack of funding for services.
On June 15, 2017, several Democratic and Republican Congressmen proposed the bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act (H.R. 2902). If passed, the IDEA would finally be funded at the 40% pledge and give every student a chance to live up to their full potential. One co-sponsor, Representative John Katko (R-NY) stated in support of the bill "[t]his bill will require the Federal Government to finally meet its commitment to support special education and the teachers who work tirelessly to ensure all of our children have an opportunity to succeed." The Act is supported by a multitude of parent, teacher, school and disability groups.
Please support this important Act, by reaching out to your local representatives. This link will help you find your local representative.
"Point of View": NEW Legal Aid Blog
Legal Aid launches its new blog with summer intern blogger Iliana Arbeed, as she goes inside the workings of Legal Aid, meeting attorneys and their clients, and conducting policy research in areas that directly affect them.
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2017 Legal Aid Golf Classic Photos
Meet the winning teams from the 2017 Legal Aid Golf Classic, and enjoy a slideshow of a beautiful day at the Stanford Golf Course, raising money to support access to justice for all.
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Legal Aid at "Seniors on the Square"
Legal Aid participates in Redwood City's community event in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
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Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County Announces Receipt of Measure K Funding
On Tuesday, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution authorizing an agreement with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County to provide legal services supporting immigrant residents.
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Progress in the Fight Against Illegal Threats to Immigrant Tenants
Legal Aid contributes data and testimony to the passage of AB 291, moving to strengthen legal protection for immigrant tenants.
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