If your child has been accused of violating school policy, he or she may have the right to one or more of the following:
- superintendent’s hearing
- principal’s hearing
- IEP manifestation hearing
- disciplinary hearing
- due process hearing
We do not recommend going to these proceedings yourself; nor do we recommend representation by someone not familiar with Special Education law and the IDEA. The penalty can be as severe as removal from school or placement in a specialized school setting. We can ensure that your child’s case is heard, that his or her rights are respected and that the punishment (if any) is within the confines of the law. We will aggressively present persuasive evidence and witnesses and negotiate skillfully on your behalf.
Repeated in-school or out-of-school suspensions are often an easy solution used by school officials to punish a child. Schools often fail to acknowledge their own responsibility in the events that led to the disciplinary proceeding. Thus repeated suspensions are usually not an adequate answer to recurring disciplinary problems. Often, a more creative solution is called for.
We are aware that parents are often concerned about creating a negative relationship with the school. We will do everything we can to encourage a continued positive relationship between you and the school district when possible without giving up any rights afforded to your child by the law.