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Jeff Spitzer-Resnick

Jeff Spitzer-Resnick

Jeff Spitzer-Resnick is a nationally recognized attorney with over 35 years of experience in the fields of civil rights, disability and education law. He runs Systems Change Consulting, a consulting and training law firm with a focus is on making progressive systems change in the areas of civil rights, disability rights, general and special education, and combating abuse and neglect of vulnerable populations.

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Palestinian citizens inspect their destroyed home

Denouncing ‘barbarians’ perpetuates the slaughter of innocents in Israel and Gaza

By: - October 17, 2023

Ever since my first of many trips to Israel, in 1976, just three years after the Yom Kippur war, and only nine years after the Six Day War in which Israel gained the territory known as the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, filled with millions of Palestinians, as well as the Golan Heights and […]

Martha Siravo and her daughter Jasmine (photo courtesy of Siravo)

Wisconsin schools reopening? DPI guidance provides little help

By: - June 23, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public schools nationwide are struggling to determine, if, when and how they can safely re-open. In Wisconsin, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) issued 87 pages of guidance on June 22nd, titled, “Education Forward: Safely and Successfully Reopening Wisconsin Schools.” With that title, the public might assume that this document […]

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Voters casting ballots. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Mail the ballots now!

By: - March 17, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, states are struggling with how to proceed with upcoming elections. Some states have postponed elections and others are moving forward, while encouraging voters to cast absentee ballots to reduce the risk of exposure. However, neither of these solutions are sufficient. On one hand, postponing democracy is simply never a good idea […]

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Shiela Green from her Facebook page

Losing Sheila’s smile

By: - December 31, 2019

I have joined a club that is bigger than it should be and is certainly one that I definitely do not want to belong to. On Christmas Eve, my beautiful friend Sheila Green was murdered by her brother who suffered from psychosis. So now, I am one of the approximately 40% of Americans who know […]

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High School students from Brooklyn demand that our elected representatives protect students from gun violence and enact sane gun laws. #BrooklynWalksOut (photo by Jeffrey Bary, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Listen to the children

By: - December 5, 2019

Policymakers, especially those holding elected office, often have a bad habit of failing to listen to those most impacted by a problem. That failure, of course, usually ends up with ineffective legislation, or no legislation at all, to address whatever the problem may be. Wisconsin high school students are reeling right now, as two students […]