Educational Rights Lawyer

Everyone should have access to free education of reasonable quality. Students in Tennessee have the right to learn in a non-hostile environment with dedicated teachers who respect the students. Education is a fundamental function in any society; this is why there is a detailed section of law dedicated to it. Education has many different balances that must be fulfilled: Making sure a child receives quality education, while allowing parents to determine what they want their children to learn; ensuring the safety of students while protecting their constitutional rights; making accommodations for students with disabilities and tight budgets; and protecting the security and freedom of a teachers job, while making sure they educate their students properly.

Each state had laws requiring all students be properly educated, meaning parents must send their children to any form of accredited school. The type of school they are sent to (Public, private, or religious), is determined by the families financial situation and their location. Due to the fact that many schools are not properly funded and performing below quality standards, many parents search for different options for schools such as magnet or charter. There are parents that choose to home school their children for various different reasons.

One major concern that parents have for their children is safety. Parents place their children’s safety in the hands of schools for a huge portion of their children’s day. There are codes of conduct put in place by the schools with the purpose of keeping students safe so they may focus on their school work. Examples of these codes of conduct include the banning of drugs and weapons on school grounds. Personal technology, such as phones and tablets, also pose a threat for a student’s attention. Many schools have restrictions on these personal technologies in class. Schools are also working to prevent bullying. Schools have to make sure they are protecting their students without violating their constitutional rights. Students, being children, have far fewer rights than adults, but still have limited rights to speech and privacy that must be protected by the school. Schools must also give a student proper notice and warnings before expelling them for bad behavior and taking their education privilege. Lastly, federal law ensures that a student is entitled to a free, quality, public education; meaning schools must make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students, parents, teachers, and doctors must work together to come up with the best way to education children with special needs so they can be prepared to function independently after completing schooling.

The law has measures put in place to protect the teacher’s right as an employee, as well as their academic freedoms. Unions are a major function for protecting the rights of teachers, setting standards for how long they can work and what duties they may fulfill. The section titled Teachers Rights provides further information on the subject. We have faith in the power of education. We also support the idea that every child in Tennessee has the right to the best possible chance and education. If your child has special circumstances, such as a disability, that requires tools not provided by the schools or enforced by the law, or if they have been subject to abuse or discrimination, Weinaman Thomas wants to help.

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