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If my child brings a backpack to school in Florida, can it be searched?

's Profile Image In 1985, the United States Supreme Court ruled that schools can conduct searches so long as there is a reasonable suspicion that a crime either has been committed, is in the process of being committed, or some school rule has been violated. That sear… Read More

If my child has special needs or is in special education, what rights do I have with the school district?

's Profile Image Your child has a right to a free and appropriate public education. They also have the right to be educated in the least restrictive environment. That means if your child has special needs, he or she has the right to be educated with students who do n… Read More

If the school district is not following my child’s IEP or the IEP is not working, what can I do?

's Profile Image If a school district is not following your child’s IEP or it’s not working, the first thing you should do is request an IEP meeting. This can be done through either the district’s special education coordinator or the school’s… Read More

What is a 504 plan?

's Profile Image If your child does not qualify for an IEP plan, he or she may qualify for a 504 Plan. 504 refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It’s a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on a disability. Your child has to be treated just… Read More

What is due process in a school setting?

's Profile Image Due process in a school setting means a few different things. It means you’re innocent until proven guilty, you have to have notice of what you did wrong, and an opportunity to be heard. The United States Supreme Court has said that due process… Read More

What is FERPA?

's Profile Image FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It’s a federal law designed to do two things. Number one, it protects student’s education records. Number two, it gives students access to their education records. Read More

What is the purpose of a special education due process hearing?

's Profile Image The purpose of a special education due process hearing is to get a resolution of whatever issue exists. For example, the issue could be the school is not following your child’s IEP, or they haven’t evaluated your child properly, or some o… Read More

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