Kathleen B. Boundy, the longtime co-director of the Center for Law and Education, has announced her retirement from the national non-profit resource and support organization that strives to enforce the right of all students to a high quality public education.
Based in Boston, Ms. Boundy served CLE as an attorney for 46 years, including for more than three decades as its co-director – a position she has shared with Paul Weckstein, who is based in Washington DC and will assume the role of Executive Director. Boundy developed a national reputation for creative, cutting edge civil rights advocacy on behalf of low-income students, and in particular, protecting and preserving the rights of students of color with disabilities who are most vulnerable to discrimination through denial of appropriate education, exclusionary discipline, placement in detention centers, and use of invalid, unfair assessments that deny them opportunities to receive a high-quality education and learn to the same high-level standards established for all students. Most recently she has successfully represented multilingual learners with select disabilities who need specialized instruction in their native language to make progress in the general education curriculum.
In addition to supporting the work of attorneys and advocates across Massachusetts and nationally who represent low-income students in the pursuit of their educational rights, Boundy takes special pride in mentoring generations of CLE staff and interns and celebrating their accomplishments.