Despite the difficulties some parents encounter, most disputes between school district and parents are resolved without the need for interventions from attorneys. That is the good news. However, as evidenced by my practice that has continued to grow over the years, there are times that parents need to seek legal counsel. In an effort to clarify what situations occur where legal counsel may be necessary, the following are some rules of thumb to use as guidance to the common question, “Do I need an attorney?”
- If your child has been arrested at school. (Or elsewhere)
- If your child is being recommended for expulsion.
- If your child is unsafe at school. (e.g. severe bullying, suspected abuse)
- You are seeking a therapeutic day placement for your son or daughter and the district is refusing to consider your request.
- You are seeking a residential placement for your child.
- You and the district can no longer have a meaningful discussion regarding your child’s educational needs.
- Your child is making little or no progress and the district refuses to listen.