When you send your child to school, many things might concern you. While education is compulsory for all, sometimes things don’t go as smoothly because of school policies. Fortunately, plenty of education laws in Colorado protect students' rights.
The education law is definitive, from having the right to education to giving students the freedom to practice their beliefs. Read on to learn more.
According to the education law, all children between 6 and 16 must attend school. No one has the right to take away their education unless there are special circumstances, such as homeschooling, illness, or accidents.
While schools have the right to expel a student, it is only practiced in extreme situations. Moreover, a school cannot expel a student without giving them a proper hearing as it is deemed necessary by the law. You may consult an education attorney if the school does not give your child a say before expulsion or suspension.
Every student enrolled at a public school has the right to practice their own beliefs and religion. The school cannot question or force students to follow or sit in religious prayers they do not follow. Moreover, as per the law, the school administration must make provisions for students to observe their faith even during school hours.
The school administration does not have the right to disclose student records to anyone without permission from parents/legal guardians. Moreover, schools need the parent’s consent to carry out student evaluations.
For instance, if the schools ever need to carry out evaluations or surveys involving political affiliations, religious beliefs, social security numbers, mental or sexual behavior, etc., they must get written permission from parents or legal guardians. Without consent, carrying out the assessments would be considered illegal.
However, there are some exceptions for when consent may not be required, such as when child abuse is suspected, suicide risk, investigations from law enforcement authorities, etc.
Although frowned upon, corporal punishment is not illegal in Colorado. However, as per the education laws of Colorado, physical punishments for disciplining disabled students are not allowed. Moreover, leaving a disabled child in a room alone as a form of punishment is also prohibited.
For regular students, corporal punishment is allowed but rarely ever used.
Are your child’s rights being violated at a public school? Get help from our education lawyer in Denver.
At Ernst Legal Group, we provide legal assistance to parents and children by helping them safeguard their rights. Call (720) 798-3667 for more details.