USLegal Newsletter August 2019 – A Parent’s Guide to Education Law

It’s back to school time for elementary, middle, and high school across the United States. At the top of many parents’ checklists is to provide their children with new clothes and school supplies, but often overlooked is taking time to understand laws that affect children’s rights. There are numerous legal issues that can arise in and outside the classroom. USLegal has compiled a special section to give parents an overview of common legal topics that arise in school. Here are a few.

Administering Medication in School – The increasing incidence of students needing to take medicine during the course of a school day has forced school systems (and some state legislatures) to enact and implement regulations and policies addressing the matter. More

Codes of Conduct – Codes of conduct are designed to serve both the classroom and the individual. They outline students’ rights, ensuring that no student will be penalized or singled out based on anything but a violation of established rules. They also outline students’ responsibilities, thus letting individual students know that they need to meet certain standards for their own sake and that of the entire class. More

Corporal Punishment – In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Ingraham v. Wright, that schools may use corporal punishment despite parental objection. Prior to that ruling, there were few, if any, state statutes regulating the use of physical means of discipline in schools. After the decision, states began to address the issue. At present, 31 states now have enacted statutes which ban corporal punishment while 19 states still allow. More

School Records and Privacy – The question of the right of privacy and, specifically, who should have access to student records has at times divided parents and students from school teachers and administrators. There are strong arguments on both sides. Many school teachers and administrators believe, traditionally, that they should be able to deal with some aspects of the children they teach in confidence—especially when it comes to evaluations that are made and passed along to colleagues regarding a student’s potential for success or failure in school. On the other hand, students and parents have a deep interest in knowing how they or their child is evaluated—to know what school administrators are saying about the child and what impact those opinions are having on his or her progress in school. More

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Truancy – Many school districts define truancy as any unexcused absence, where unexcused means the student has left school property without parental or school permission. More

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