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Education Law: Expulsion defense, IEP, 504 plans

K-12 suspension and expulsion defense
Every day, children attend classes in the many school districts throughout South Carolina.  Sometimes, issues may arise during the school day which leads to a recommendation that your child be suspended or even expelled. In some cases, there is a reasonable explanation, not meriting severe discipline or there can be a complete misunderstanding meriting no discipline. 

However, once that ball gets rolling, it can be difficult to stop without assistance.  Since a sound K-12 education is the very foundation of a student's continued educational endeavors and future career, maintaining this education without interruption is of critical necessity.  In many cases, it can often mean the difference between graduating and dropping out of school. 

The "school to prison pipeline" studies have lent credence to this statement.  According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) the "school to prison pipeline" is in reference to "the policies and practices
push our nation's schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  This pipeline reflects the prioritization of incarceration over education."    The ACLU further finds that "schools have embraced zero-tolerance policies that automatically impose severe punishment regardless of circumstances. Under these policies, students have been expelled for bringing nail clippers or scissors to school. Rates of suspension have increased dramatically in recent years—from 1.7 million in 1974 to 3.1 million in 2000 — and have been most dramatic for children of color."

The ability for a child to maintain a consistently sound is K-12 education is inextricably linked to the ability to thrive into adulthood.  In the compelling words of Fredrick Douglass: "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men" or women.  

Allow The Brown Law Office to assist you and your child in navigating the school disciplinary process, helping to ensure that their voices are heard and that their rights are protected.