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Education law is a mix of local, state, and federal statutes and regulations governing public, private, and charter schools and is comprised of two main areas – access to education and special needs education.
Litigating education law ranges from disputes between schools and students, such as searching student’s lockers and student’s free speech rights to financing public education and the separation of church and state.
Should I Hire an Education Law Attorney?
Although many minor disputes can arise at school, such as suspending a student for a short time, you probably won’t need the services of an education attorney. But when disputes arise involving more significant issues, such as developing an educational program for your student, turning to an attorney experienced in education law for help is advisable.
What Do Education Law Attorneys Do?
Your education attorney can protect your student’s rights by providing advice and assistance and if necessary by taking formal legal action on your student’s behalf.
The responsibilities of education attorneys are extensive. Your attorney, for example, will be able to:
- Research your specific legal issue for the latest court opinions and new law and assess the strength of your case and determine the best way to proceed;
- Help you resolve a dispute with a school district informally;
- Ensure that your special needs students gets the education he or she deserves;
- Assist you in securing for your child an individualized educational program (IEP) by preparing for the IEP eligibility meeting, including drafting your IEP proposal and making suggestions about the materials that will be used, reviewing IEP forms and evaluations before signing, and represent you at the IEP meeting.
If a lawsuit becomes necessary, your education law attorney will investigate your issue, develop your evidence and the evidence of the opposition, write and file your complaint with the court and represent your interest through the legal process.
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