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Fort Lauderdale Education Law Blog

What to do if your child is accused of bullying

Every parent knows that bullying is a serious problem in schools across Florida. While many worry most about their child being bullied, parents also worry that their child is a bully.

If you fall into the latter group, you may be unsure of what to expect regarding the school's response and your child's future. This is undoubtedly a difficult situation, but understand that there are things you can do to protect your child and help him or her get past negative behaviors.

Issues arise when it comes to school dress codes

Not surprisingly, young people and adults don't always see eye-to-eye on topics like educational policies and discipline. While these disagreements are typically fleeting, there are situations in which they can spark a conversation about a larger, serious issue.

School dress codes is one area where students and adults often clash. Schools create and enforce dress codes in an effort to keep the school peaceful and respectful, but students can feel unfairly restricted or even discriminated against when it comes these codes.

Accreditation for amateurs: What you need to know about your school

For parents and students, school selection can be a difficult process. There are so many factors to consider and “accreditation” seems like something that you shouldn’t have to worry about.

There are a few ways a school can be considered “accredited,” but what does that mean?

What accommodations might a child require on a school bus?

Parents of children with special needs know that accommodations -- even small ones -- can make a huge difference in that child's life. In the academic setting, for instance, a child might be able to be more confident and more successful with certain accommodations like the help of an aid, a specialized desk or a more flexible testing environment.

Accommodations can be critical outside the classroom for these students, as well. For instance, if you child rides the bus (or another form of school-provided transportation), then there are certain adjustments or provisions that can ensure the ride and the child is safe. 

Challenges arise when students with IEPs break the rules

On this blog, we often discuss the challenges students and their parents face when school administrators or teachers fail to comply with the rules established in a child's Individualized Education Program. But failure to follow the rules happens on both sides. 

Any child who breaks the rules in school faces certain penalties or consequences. He or she might receive extra schoolwork, detention or a period of suspension. However, students who have special needs and an IEP have protections that can shield them from specific types of punishment. This can -- and does -- lead to disputes between parents and schools.

How AI could help students with special educational needs

The education system is rarely the first to adopt new technological solutions. Often, schools make do with outdated tools, books and resources until money is available to get updates. However, that doesn't mean that advancements in certain areas don't affect schools across Florida. 

For instance, a recent Forbes article highlights various types of changes we can already see in schools as a result of applications using AI, or artificial intelligence. Below, we examine a few of these changes.

Florida teachers: How to address educator misconduct

"No one is perfect; we all make mistakes." These are lessons we learn from a very early age, often from some of our first teachers who are also imperfect, though this can be easy to forget.

Teachers and other educators make their living setting examples for young people. As such, it can be particularly upsetting when one of these parties engages in misconduct inside or outside the school. However, these situations do not necessarily have to spell the end of an educator's career. 

Helping students with histories of trauma excel in the classroom

Students with histories of trauma can struggle to be successful in the classroom. Unfortunately, a number of educators are not trained to help students who have been traumatized. But this may soon change. Recent school shootings are shifting the way that schools approach trauma and more districts are asking what they can do.

What can educators do to help their students with histories of trauma?

Could 'ditching the desks' improve classroom learning?

While many students are accustomed to traditional lesson plans, classroom settings and behavioral boundaries, there are plenty of children who could benefit from alternative approaches to certain elements of education.

These alternative approaches don't have to be substantial to be significant, either. There doesn't need to be an overhaul of the grading system or billions of dollars poured into a specific program to improve a child's academic experience. In some cases, a change could be as small as changing the seating in a classroom.

Florida parents: Would you pay a fine if your child misbehaves?

Bullying is a pervasive problem all across the country. It doesn't just happen in the playground or on the bus, either. Thanks to tools like the Internet and text messaging apps, it's easier than ever for kids to engage in bullying no matter where they are.

Because bullying is such a concern, various parties are attempting to use various tactics to try to put an end to bullying, or at least punish the worst offenders. Some punishments are traditional, like school suspensions. Others are less traditional, like the proposed punishment lawmakers in another state are pursuing.