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4 reasons why parents might appeal a student's suspension

When a school or teacher penalizes a child, parents can be very upset. In some cases, they are upset with their child for making a mistake or decision that resulted in disciplinary acts, like suspension. In other cases, though, they could be upset with the school or teacher who handed down a punishment they feel is unfair or unjustified.

In the latter situation, it may be wise for parents to examine their options to challenge a disciplinary measure. Below, we examine some of the reasons parents might have to appeal a student's suspension or expulsion.

National protests have support, to an extent

Today, students across the country will be participating in a National School Walkout to honor the memory of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School almost a month ago. The walkout is also one of protest, with students and supporters demanding action from lawmakers to pass measures that can prevent similar events in the future.

Regardless of how individuals feel about the walkout, it can spark some issues when students or their parents have different opinions than the school. This dynamic can cause some problems that can persist long after the walkout has ended.

Accommodations: They only work if schools provide them

Accommodations for students with special needs can be the difference between achieving academic goals and falling short. As parents want their children to be successful and happy, helping them to achieve their goals by securing necessary accommodations is an essential task.

However, securing the accommodation is just one step. Parents should also make sure their child is actually receiving the accommodation. Far too often, this doesn't happen.

Fighting Suspensions: 3 Questions To Ask

Your child, a high school student, was given an out-of-school suspension following a behavior issue in class. The teacher was fed up with your child “disrupting” by talking back and questioning authority and recommended a suspension as the solution.

However, you don’t believe your child violated any school policies. What it appears to be is a teacher’s lack of experience in managing students and addressing behavior. Instead of putting in time and effort to help your child succeed in a class setting, it seems the teacher and administration took the easy way out and removed your child from school for a few days.

Teachers: What you should know if you are harassed by students

When people think about harassment or misconduct between students and teachers, it is common to imagine the student as the victim and the teacher as the harasser.

However, this is a dangerous misconception, as teachers at all levels can be mistreated by the very students they are trying to help. Unfortunately, people often overlook these situations or minimize the impact that they can have on teachers. But the fact is that harassment against teachers has the potential to derail their lives and livelihoods.

3 reasons why it is important to resolve school issues quickly

Any child who requires additional attention or services in school should be able to receive those things. However, far too many children struggle in school because of a lack of resources and lack of compliance with state and federal regulations.

If you have a child with special needs who is not receiving the education he or she deserves, then it is critical to act fast to resolve the issue. Hoping the school will correct a problem on its own or waiting for action can prove to be a costly mistake for at least a few reasons. 

Violence between students and teachers: no easy solutions

The relationship between educators and their students is unpredictable. In the best-case scenarios, the relationship is positive and valuable. In other cases, it is strained and volatile.

In the latter of these situations, it is possible for physical altercations to occur, particularly as children get older. If this happens, it is critical that the people involved receive support and guidance to resolve this complicated issue, especially if there is the possibility of school penalties and/or criminal charges.

Clashes between schools, parents of disabled students not unusual

When a school mistreats a student or makes his or her educational experience unnecessarily difficult, parents can become very upset. This is understandable, considering the fact that parents will typically do everything in their power to protect their child.

Sadly, this clash between parents and schools is not uncommon, especially when it comes to the treatment of students with special education needs. To illustrate this point, we can look at a situation in another state involving a mother, her child and a dispute with the school over a field trip.

Policy to protect minority students with disabilities postponed

Students with disabilities already face a host of challenges when it comes to their education. There may be physical or cognitive limitations to consider, or the need for specialized instruction plans. Whatever the need may be, the unfortunate reality is that many students do not get what they need to succeed.

It is not necessarily getting any easier, either. The Education Department recently announced that it was postponing by two years a measure intended to tackle issues involving the unfair treatment minority students face in some areas.

Childhood aggression may have a hidden cause

You find yourself at the end of your rope. Your child repeatedly gets in trouble at school and lashes out, perhaps violently, at the slightest provocation. You’ve tried time-outs and revoked their internet or television privileges to no avail. Nothing seems to correct their bad behavior at school.

The aggression is mystifying; how could your child, who you know to have a kind heart, act so hostile toward teachers and other children? The cause of their misbehavior might not be apparent until further investigation by a psychologist.