September 11, 2019
With ‘Back-to-school” season upon us, here is an overview of your legal rights and protections when it comes to Bullying, School Discipline, and First Amendment Rights in public schools.
Schools are required to maintain a curriculum that addresses bullying prevention that outline
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In the past, courts have upheld students’ rights to wear items such as an anti-war armband, an armband opposing the right to get an abortion, and a shirt supporting the LGBTQ community. Learn more about First Amendment rights in school here.
Schools must engage in professional development for all educational staff to increase the use of alternative discipline methods that don’t keep students out of school
The Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) and the Boston Bar Association (BBA) have partnered to provide the public with free Know Your Rights presentations. Led by volunteer attorneys, these presentations will cover the important changes to school discipline laws that help to protect students’ rights. The presentations are part of the BBA’s work on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. If you think your school discipline rights or the rights of your child have been violated, contact GBLS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-855-9560. Or to get in touch with a qualified education attorney, you can call the Boston Bar Association’s LRS at 617-742-0625, connect with an area attorney online 24/7 by clicking “Get Started” here, or by submitting an email request online today.