Back To School: Parents' Rights

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Last Updated: Monday, July 26, 2010

There may be times when you need to be an advocate for your child's education—someone who tries to make sure things go up when they don't. In order to be a good advocate, you need to be informed. The information listed here can help you.

1. You have the right to examine your child's school records and look at test results and teacher comments. If you see things you don't understand, ask the teacher or school principal for an explanation.
2. If your child is in a special education class, you have the right to be a part of developing an individual educational plan to meet your child's needs. This is established by the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
3. You have the right to request in writing that your child not be physically punished for breaking school rules.
4. You have the right to request that your child be excused from school activities that you object to on religious, moral, or other reasonable grounds.
5. If your child is suspended from school, you have the right to ask for a review of the decision.
6. Your child has the right to be protected from unreasonable searches on school grounds.
7. You have the right to challenge school policies that do not allow children to participate in sports activities because of their sex.
8. If your child attends a Title I school, a school that receives federal funds for low-income children who may need extra help to succeed in school, the law requires that you be involved in decisions about programs and activities that affect your child. Your school principal will know if your school is a Title I school.

Source: Florida Department of Education