Feb 8, 2019

Bullying Zero Tolerance

By |Feb 8, 2019|Education|

All men, women, and children should be treated with dignity and respect.  Sadly, this is not always the case; some children experience and endure bullying.  There are zero tolerance policies for bullying in many schools, but not all schools deal with bullying effectively.

Bullying zero tolerance is a term referring to anti-bullying policies, laws, and […]

Jan 8, 2019

Perry A. Craft Settles Two Lawsuits against Colleges on Behalf of His Clients

By |Jan 8, 2019|Education|

In the previous weeks, Perry A. Craft settled two lawsuits against institutions of higher learning. The suits asserted that the colleges had discriminated against students, questioned the process for dismissals, or raised issues with the honor code processor.

In a separate matter, at a yet different college, students were accused of violating the honor code. […]

Nov 12, 2018

Honor Codes and Honor Code Violations

By |Nov 12, 2018|Education|

Colleges and universities often have honor codes. These honor codes typically require students not to give or receive aid on tests, exams, papers or assignments – or in other words, not to cheat. They may carry other requirements regarding student conduct or behavior. The honor code is typically explained when a student starts college, […]

Oct 12, 2018

Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority

By |Oct 12, 2018|Education|

Schools in the state of Tennessee and elsewhere have rules and policies. When a student breaks said rules or policies, he or she faces consequences such as suspension and/or expulsion from school. There are procedures governing disciplinary actions imposed upon students, and part of those procedures is a Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority (SDHA), sometimes […]

Oct 16, 2017

When do the Rehabilitation Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Apply?

By |Oct 16, 2017|Education|

Individuals with disabilities are humans, make valuable contributions to society, and deserve to be afforded the same respect, common decency, and opportunities as the respect, common decency, and opportunities given to individuals without disabilities.  Federal and state laws, such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of […]

Jun 9, 2017

What is a “Disability” under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Tennessee Law?

By |Jun 9, 2017|Education|

Certain federal and state laws give rights and protections to individuals with disabilities.  School children with disabilities most often rely upon the federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004, but state statutes also give rights and protections to individuals with disabilities.  The IDEA defines the meaning of the term “disability,” […]

Dec 6, 2016

Criminal Convictions and Student Loans

By |Dec 6, 2016|Criminal Charges, Education|

While many colleges and programs provide assistance for earning college degrees or learning trades, colleges and trade schools are not cheap.  Even with scholarships and grants, students face financial difficulties and challenges.  To finance their education, most students apply for and receive loans or financial assistance from state and federal governments; however, students with […]

Nov 14, 2016

Differences between the Rehabilitation Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

By |Nov 14, 2016|Education|

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 ensure that individuals with disabilities do not face discrimination in the workplace, at school, in public, and more. Although the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act both apply to education and people with disabilities, they are not […]

Nov 8, 2016

Handicapped Children’s Protection Act

By |Nov 8, 2016|Education|

There are several statutes designed to benefit children with disabilities. One such statute is the Handicapped Children’s Protection Act (HCPA) of 1986.

A significant win for civil rights and disability advocates, the HCPA builds on the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA) of 1975. The EAHCA mandates that public schools receiving financial support from […]

Apr 12, 2016

What are the Rights of Parents When Their Children Are Disciplined at School?

By |Apr 12, 2016|Education|

Public education is free.  In order for children to effectively learn, schools must be safe, and students are expected to behave.  At times, disruptions occur.  When a student disrupts a classroom, school officials may enforce school rules and discipline the child.   Although corporal punishment was a standard not too long ago, some schools districts […]

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