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. (more…)

Expelled at 4? Preschools Look Ways to Reduce Misbehavior

Schools expel preschoolers rather than deal with traumaImagine 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? (more…)

Ann Arbor Schools Ban Guns on Premises

Guns banned from Ann Arbor SchoolsAn 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. (more…)

Revising No Child Left Behind

Legislators seek to modify No Child Left BehindU.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. (more…)

Local High School Censors Student Newspaper

Censoring a student newspaperRochester 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. (more…)

ABA Works to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline

We need to dismantle the school to prison pipelineThe School to Prison Pipeline and Zero Tolerance have been popular buzz words in the legal and educational communities over the last few years. Now the American Bar Association is calling for the pipeline to be dismantled, not just discussed. (more…)

Expelled for Hate Speech? A Constitutional Question

University of Oklahoma expels students for hate speechRecently, a racist and hateful song led the University of Oklahoma to expel two students and shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat house. Now constitutional scholars across the country are throwing out their opinion about whether the students can be expelled for hate speech. (more…)

School as Democracy? Works in Colombia

Colombia setsan example for democracy in schoolsWhen you think of top countries for education reform, you may think of Japan, China, the U.S. or Finland. Colombia probably doesn’t make the list. But the country’s Escuela Nueva learning model is turning school into democracy and improving the education of countless Colombian children. (more…)

Top Schools: Did Your School District Make the List?

Niche Top School Districts Report is OutThe 2015 Niche Rankings are out for Michigan’s top school districts. Did your school make the list? (more…)

Federal Bill Would Protect LGBT Students Against Bullying

New Bill could protect against LGBT bullyingLast week, Representative Jared Polis introduced the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act. The bill, if passed would protect LGBT students against bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity by tying protection to federal school funding. (more…)