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Fort Lauderdale Education Law Blog

Education and the amendment process for the Florida Constitution

There are many rules here in Florida regarding education. Some of them touch on what rights students, teachers and parents have. Others deal with what obligations and requirements schools are subject to. Understanding what such rules apply to their situation and what the rules mean for their options can be very important for a parent or teacher when they are in a dispute with a school district. So, these are among the topics a parent or teacher may wish to discuss with an experienced education lawyer when such a dispute comes up.

The education rules in the state can come from various sources. For one, they can come from state legislation. Also, they can come from the state’s constitution. Might this constitution soon be seeing some changes in its terms related to education? It’s possible, given a process that is currently occurring in Florida.

Are “intensely segregated” schools becoming more common in Florida?

We live in a state which is growing in diversity. One would hope schools in the state would embrace this diversity and that all students in Florida, whatever their race and background, would be able to enjoy a high-quality education environment. Unfortunately though, concerning race-related issues can sometimes come up in connection to schools.

One such issue is discrimination. A student can be greatly harmed when they are subjected to racial discrimination at school. There are, thankfully, measures parents can take in response when they suspect that their child has been discriminated against at school based on their race. However, parents can sometimes encounter difficulties when pursuing such measures. Education attorneys can give parents guidance on what they can do when such challenges arise to help further their goals for putting a stop to discrimination.

Cyberbullying prevention steps parents can take

Children can be greatly harmed by bullying. So, bullying prevention is incredibly important. The month of October is specially focused on spreading awareness of the importance of such prevention. That is because this month is the home of the campaign National Bullying Prevention Month.

So, this month can be a good time for parents to review some of the actions they can take to try to protect their children from bullying. One form of bullying which has become increasingly present in the lives of students lately is cyberbullying. A recent Florida Today article went over steps parents can take to try to help keep their child safe from cyberbullying. Such steps include:

Report: Florida one of the worst states for teachers

A teacher’s life and career can be affected by a great many things. This includes the legal issues that come up for them over the course of their career. There are a variety of things that could lead to a teacher facing impactful legal matters. This includes being accused of misconduct by a student, parent or the school they are with. Standing up for one’s rights in the face of such allegations can have many complex aspects. Skilled attorneys can guide teachers through this complicated, impactful and sometimes confusing process.

Teachers can also be impacted quite a bit by conditions in the state they teach in. States vary greatly in the laws, policies, economic conditions and overall circumstances they have related to education and their school systems. So, teachers in different states can be in very different overall situations.

Report points to racial disparity in out-of-school suspensions

The disciplinary measures schools take can have major impacts on students. So, one would hope all schools would act fairly in their disciplinary decisions. One would certainly hope schools would take great care to not let discrimination, such as racial discrimination, seep into such decisions.

Among the things that can raise serious questions and concerns as to whether racial bias and discrimination are playing a role in school disciplinary actions are major racial disparities when it comes to the use of a given school disciplinary measure.

Teacher pay in the U.S.

How does the U.S. compare to other countries when it comes to teacher pay? A recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report suggests it’s something of a mixed bag. The report was on education issues and looked at OECD members (the U.S is a member) and certain partner countries.

On one hand, the report found the U.S. to be among the countries at the top for starting teacher pay. It found the average starting pay for elementary school teachers here in America to be around $42,500. This is over $10,000 higher than the average among OECD countries.

Social media at school

Social media plays a big role in the social lives of students these days. It could also have the potential to play a role in their education. There are various applications social media could have in classroom lessons. Recent research suggests that incorporating social media into such lessons could potentially help students with learning.

As part of this study, researchers developed methods for incorporating social media use into lessons regarding certain aspects of the scientific process. The lessons were on scientific argumentation. This curriculum was used in certain Midwestern schools.

Some school districts turning to technology to fight cyberbullying

Technology has led to many changes in the lives of students. Unfortunately, these changes can expose students to some risks. This includes the risk of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying can take many forms. In any of its forms, it can cause great harm to students. So, a parent can feel very worried and heartbroken when they find that their child has been exposed to such hurtful conduct by classmates. Upon making such a discovery, they may wonder what they can do to protect their child from being further harmed. Skilled education attorneys can give Florida parents whose children have been exposed to cyberbullying or other bullying at school guidance on what steps they can take in response to the situation and on what rights they have when working with their child’s school to try to help keep their child safe.

The shifting of what teaching involves in Florida

What being a teacher here in Florida involves has changed over time. Changes to what teaching involves can come from many things. This includes shifts in education policy at the state level, the rules and requirements at schools, education technology and education and societal trends.

Shifts in what teaching in the state entails can have major impacts on teachers. For one, such changes can affect what kinds of challenges teachers face when it comes to trying to achieve their goals related to providing their students with a quality education.

The challenges of transitioning to middle school for special needs students

There are many transitions a child experiences during the course of their education. One of the bigger ones is the move from elementary school to middle school. For any student, this transition can have its difficulties. As a recent article notes, for students with special needs, such as students with ADHD or autism, there can be some particularly significant challenges related to making this transition.

Among these challenges are those related to adjusting to the many differences between life at middle school and life at elementary school. There are a great many things a special needs student may need to adjust to when transitioning to middle school, including: