All posts in category Students’ Rights

A Muslim Student, a Clock, and a Lesson on School Justice


A young Muslim student was arrested and suspended recently when an English teacher thought a homemade clock looked like a bomb. The incident raised concerns of discrimination and Islamophobia. But what is the arrest telling the students of MacArthur High School about school justice?

Student Suspended for Tweet Gets a Trial

Judge grants student suspended for two word tweet a trial

“Actually yes.” Those two words got an honors student suspended, kicked out of school, and given the choice: withdraw or be expelled. Now that student has sued the school and the judge has ruled the case is going to trial.

Suspended for Facebook Posts? One Court Says No.

Suspended for Facebook Post? One Court Says No.

Can a school suspend a student for angry posts on Facebook? Courts across the country have asked that question and come to different answers. Earlier this year one federal judge in Portland, Oregon said no.

Married Without Children: Michigan Approves Adoption Discrimination

Michigan allows LGBT adoption discrimination

The Supreme Court just granted marriage equality to gay couples across the nation. The decision has many gay marriage advocates preparing for the end of a hard battle. But the Michigan Legislature has shown that when it comes to LGBT adoption discrimination, the fight is far from over.

What You Missed At Last Week's Special Education Panel

ACLU School to Prison Pipeline Special Education Panel

On May 28, 2015, dedicated students’ advocates, parents, and teachers gathered to learn about what they could do to help special education students get the educational help they need. If you missed it, here’s a quick summary.

Join the Special Education Rights Discussion on 5/28/15

ACLU Special Needs Panel finds ways to make graduation possible.

One week from tonight, Lisa J. Schmidt of Schmidt Law Services will be involved with a panel on Special Education and the School to Prison Pipeline hosted by the ACLU of Michigan. Parents, come find out what you should expect from your school, and what your student’s rights are.

Expelled at 4? Preschools Look Ways to Reduce Misbehavior

Schools expel preschoolers rather than deal with trauma

Imagine getting a call in the middle of the day. Your 4 year old needs to come home. He (or she) has been hitting or biting other students and has been expelled. What would you do?

Ann Arbor Schools Ban Guns on Premises

Guns banned from Ann Arbor Schools

An Ann Arbor Schools choir concert turned hairy after a family member openly carried a gun into Pioneer High School. In response to the community’s concerns, the school board recently approved a policy declaring school property a “dangerous weapon-free” zone.

Revising No Child Left Behind

Legislators seek to modify No Child Left Behind

U.S. Senators from the right and the left are working together to get the federal government out of the school administration business. By revising No Child Left Behind, legislators hope to shift more power back to the states.

Local High School Censors Student Newspaper

Censoring a student newspaper

Rochester High School recently had a run in with constitutional law after administrators chose to censor photos in the school’s student-run newspaper. But it may have been within its rights to do so.

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