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Students in grade school and college often find themselves at an interesting time in their lives where they are finding their independence, individuality, and their own sense of identity. Unfortunately, at the same time, these students can find themselves bumping heads with school authorities for being “too outspoken” or perhaps even for having different religious or political beliefs. No matter the case, students have rights throughout their grade school through college journey, and it is important that these rights are upheld. If you or your child are uncertain whether your student rights have been violated, then please do not hesitate to contact an education rights lawyer immediately.
Students may find that they have been suspended, expelled, or arrested for matters they did not believe were serious enough to warrant such disciplinary actions. In some cases, school officials get so focused on the circumstances of an offense or accusation that they neglect the student’s rights entirely, such as due process for any disciplinary hearing as well as the laws protecting the student from illegal search and seizure.
This can come into play when school officials conduct searches of a student and/or their personal belongings without warrant or cause. Consulting with an education rights lawyer can help uphold you and your child’s legal rights. Suspension or expulsion from grade school can have long lasting effects since students in grade school who have been expelled are 10 times more likely to end up in the juvenile criminal system. As a college student, a suspension or expulsion can also have life-altering effects. An expulsion can also create a barrier to attending higher education institutions, such as master’s, doctorate programs, and even similar programs at other undergraduate universities.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, federal law states that all public schools must provide equal opportunity to all students with special needs and disabilities. The state of New York also has additional laws that act as the primary vehicle to preserve and uphold these federal laws. In all public grade schools, a custom education program must be provided to ensure that each disabled student can receive the same quality of education as that of his or her peers without disabilities receive. Furthermore, students with disabilities are not to be educated separately. The public school must integrate students with special needs and disabilities with the rest of his or her peers.
Any school not adhering to federal laws regarding persons with disabilities or special needs is in direct violation of the student’s civil rights, and you should contact an education rights lawyer immediately. Your education rights lawyer will immediately file the proper complaint(s), which will force the school district, Board of Education, or college to adhere to state and federal laws and accommodate your student’s educational needs.
Managing Attorney Angel A. Castro, III, Esq. serves as one of New York’s most knowledgeable education rights attorneys. Mr. Castro will work swiftly and diligently to ensure that you and your child’s rights are upheld. If you are uncertain whether your rights have been violated you should contact Mr. Castro and his legal team. We will thoroughly examine your case and act with a strong hand to uphold the law and your civil rights.
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