Let Us Help You Fight For Your Child’s Rights In School
Our education law team at Connell Michael Kerr, LLP, will help you navigate the education and legal system for your child. Your child spends the majority of their time at school. Educators should provide a caring, safe environment for every child. When they fail to live up to that standard or your child is facing other issues at school, it’s important you reach out and learn about your child’s rights in school.
When you retain us, we will ensure you understand your child’s rights and your own. Education law is a complex set of federal and state laws that can be overwhelming, especially with that system is not providing what your child needs. Whether you are the parent of a special needs child whose program is not appropriate, your child is being bullied, or facing a disciplinary issue, we are attorneys who are here to help advocate on your child’s behalf.
When Should You Consider Contacting A Special Education Attorney?
We want your child to feel safe every day at school. Your child has a right to a safe, secure educational environment. If your child has special needs, they have a right to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) under special education law.
You should contact a special education attorney if:
- Your child is mistreated based on their disability.
- Your child is being denied an IEP.
- Your child was suspended for behavioral problems.
- You want to file a due process or state complaint.
- The IEP for your child is not appropriate.
- Your child is not receiving the services they need.
- Your child needs additional accommodations and services.
We have experience with education due process within the federal court system. We’ll navigate through the system with you and work to get your child the IEP they need.
Make an appointment today by calling 317-333-6080. We provide special education law services in Michigan, Indiana and Texas.
Understanding Special Education Due Process
The law requires schools to develop an individualized education program (IEP) for qualifying students. This plan, which is created to provide an educational benefit for the student, is designed to address the child’s needs, not the school’s budget or staffing restrictions. IEPs that do not meet these requirements are out of compliance with the law.
Our attorneys have decades of experience in educational due process cases and appeals in the federal court system. We are here to help you navigate these laws to ensure your child has the programming they need and deserve.
Advocating For Your Child In Discipline Matters
We assist parents with a variety of disciplinary matters for both special education and general education students. This includes:
- Expulsion of a special needs student
- Manifestation determinations
- Behavior contracts
- Involuntary transfers
- Other discipline problems
Offering Skilled Representation With Additional Educational Law Needs
Under general education law, schools are required to provide a safe environment for your children. If your child is experiencing traumatic incidents at school, you may need to contact an education attorney.
Reach out to us if you need assistance with the following at school:
- Sexual harassment
- Bullying or targeting
- Section 504 issues and hearings
- Noncompliance with ADA requirements at school and any school-related activity or athletic event
- Section 1983 Claims
- Student records access, correction of records or school transfer issues
- Issues with personnel, such as teachers, coaches, campus police and others
- Personal injury at school
- Graduation concerns
We also offer representation for personal injuries in an educational environment. Since public schools are government entities, these cases must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
Confused About Your Legal Options And Rights? Get Skilled Legal Advice.
Our firm maintains offices in Indiana in Carmel and Martinsville. We also have an office in Austin, Texas. From these locations, we offer state-wide representation to residents in Indiana, Texas and Michigan.