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The Local Take On Student Rights, How To Keep Your Child In School


Saturday, August 6 at 7:00 a.m. on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK,  I talk with Ira Foster of Georgia Legal Services about student rights and what parents need to know with children returning to school. This is part of our ongoing discussion about the issues surrounding the school to prison pipeline that leads disproportionate numbers of minority kids into incarceration.

Mr. Foster shares that parents have options if their child is expelled or suspended from school. Many parent may not know that they can appeal this action. Additionally he advises students that they should not speak with school administrators if they are asked to explain what has happened. He tells our listeners exactly what students should say. 

We've discussed the school to prison pipeline and Ira Foster distils this concept down to "the school drop out to prison pipeline". The Georgia Legal Services Program offers free legal representation that can help your child stay in school. 

In a sign of the times we live in, Foster advises that students should treat the principal's office like a police station and not speak to authorities until their parents or legal representation is present. This is a right available to all students. 

Click the link for more information on Ira Foster.

Click the link for information on Georgia Legal Services Program.