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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Student Discipline issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Student Rights: Suspension & Expulsion

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. on student rights in suspension and expulsion proceedings. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
  • School Suspensions - General Information

    General information from Northwestern Legal Services regarding school suspensions. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Rights of Special Education Students: Discipline [Video]

    This video from Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut and CTLawHelp.org describes your child's rights under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These are federal laws, so the information is true for every state. This video will teach you about discipline of a special education student. Read More

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    Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut and CTLawHelp.org
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    Spanish / Español
  • School Discipline in Pennsylvania

    This fact sheet, updated in March, 2016, covers the basics of school discipline in Pennsylvania. This fact sheet applies to all public schools, including charter schools, in the state. Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • Expulsions in Pennsylvania: Information for Parents and Guardians

    The Education Law Center - Pennsylvania provides information on what you should know if a School District or charter school wants to expel your child. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
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    Spanish / Español
  • Fairness in School Discipline in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Attorneys and Advocates Who Represent Students

    This handbook from the Education Law Center - Pennsylvania discusses the law on school discipline in Pennsylvania, which derives from the United States and Pennsylvania Constitutions; federal and state statutes, regulations, and case law; and policies of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, school districts, and individual schools. Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • Transfers to "Alternative Education Programs" in Philadelphia: Information for Parents and Guardians

    Information from the Education Law Center - Pennsylvania on involuntary transfers of regular education students to a "alternative education programs" in Philadelphia. Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • When Can Your Child Be Expelled for Bringing Weapons to School? (Act 26) [PDF]

    Information from the Education Law Center - Pennsylvania on expulsions under PA Act 26 based on possession of a weapon at school. Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
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    Spanish / Español
  • Rights in Suspension and Expulsion

    Information on school suspensions and expulsions from the Erie County Bar Association Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • School Attendance and Truancy

    Information on compulsory school attendance from the Erie County Bar Association Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Education Law Center

    The Education Law Center is a non-profit legal advocacy and educational organization, dedicated to ensuring that all of Pennsylvania's children have access to a quality public education. Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • Legal Briefs: School law

    Information discussed by Attorney Whitney Hughes on the August 28, 2007 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live program providing answers to questions from parents regarding what the school's responsibilities are to the students and what the student's rights are in any given situation. Content Detail

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    Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Legal Briefs: Teens and Technology

    Information discussed by Attorney Whitney Hughes on the November 2, 2010 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live program. We've all heard the horror stories about teens and sexting and cyber bullying and the unfortunate consequences that come from both. Here is a brief outline of where the law stands now and some helpful tips when facing these issues with teens. Content Detail

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    Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Special Education Due Process Complaint Process and Forms

    Information on the complaint process, including the Complaint Form, which is used to submit a formal complaint to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. Office for Dispute Resolution (Special Education). Content Detail

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    Office for Dispute Resolution (Special Education)
  • Special Education Mediation and Forms

    Even when parents and school officials try their best to reach agreement on a student’s special education program, disagreements can occur. If this happens, mediation, which is a free, voluntary, and confidential alternative to a formal due process hearing, is an option. Mediation can take place at any time before or during the due process cycle. Mediation is not a required process and may not delay or deny a parent the right to a due process hearing. Information on the Mediation process from the Office of Dispute Resolution (Special Education). Content Detail

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    Office of Dispute Resolution (Special Education)