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Although many Americans consider access to an education to be a fundmental right in our country, the fact is that many issues can interefere with a parent’s ability to secure an education for his or her child. Children who have disabilities may find it difficult to get the help they need to succeed in school. Other students may encounter issues related to discipline, health matters, and more. At the same time, teachers and school personnel can find stumbling blocks in the workplace that raise legal questions. For their part, educational institutions must comply with applicable laws and provide services within proscribed guidelines. When questions related to the education system arise, you may benefit from the advice of a qualified education law attorney.

Education LawIn its mission to raise the levels of skill, knowledge, and opportunity for residents of New York, the state’s Education Department oversees multiple areas:

● Office of P-12 Education for pre-kindergarten through high school.
● Office of Higher Education oversees universities, colleges and proprietary schools.
● Office of Cultural Education manages the state library, archives, museum, and public broadcasting.
● Office for Innovation supports emergency preparation, government relations and other areas.
● Office of Operations and Management Services oversees fiscal issues, information technology and other matters.
● Office of the Professions concerns itself with professional licensure and practice.
● Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services handles educational needs of adults.

Source: New York State Education Department

At The Law Offices of Newman & Drukman, our New York education law attorneys know the federal and state laws that govern education and students’ access to it. We also are pleased to serve educators who need the assistance that a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer can provide.

If you have a child who is disabled and needs special attention or accommodations to ensure that he or she has the opportunity to reach their potential in learning, you may have rights or be entitled to receive benefits of which you aren’t aware. Legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, reinforces every child’s right to a “fair and appropriate education.” IDEA mandates that a special plan be created for each eligible disabled child, defining goals for the child’s education and describing the services to be provided by his or her school.

Questions may arise about the appropriateness of the services your child receives under IDEA or other legal mandates. Or you may encounter other types of obstacles in securing access to education for your child. The New York education lawyers at The Law Offices of Newman & Drukman know the value of an education for everyone, and we are dedicated to protecting your child’s rights.

Sometimes, students, their parents, and school administrators find themselves in disputes that arise because of disciplinary measures, such as suspensions or expulsions. Such matters may be examined in hearings held at your child’s school. Our New York education law attorneys can represent students to ensure that their rights are respected and that they have a strong advocate who will fight for their interests.

In some cases, parents may find that they need legal representation in their efforts to exert their own rights to make health choices for their children – such as refusing vaccinations – that can impact access to educational facilities. Questions also can arise about school transportation, testing issues, and other education-related matters. The New York education lawyers at The Law Offices of Newman & Drukman can provide knowledgeable representation, ensuring that your rights are protected.

Another aspect of education law involves legal issues that challenge educators and school personnel. Collective bargaining, charges of misconduct, and disciplinary actions are just a few of the matters that school administrators and teachers may face. The advice of a skilled education law attorney may be vital in achieving a satisfactory resolution of such issues. We also represent educational institutions that encounter issues with students, their families, employees, and in other matters affecting successful operations.

If you have questions about special education needs or students’ rights, The Law Offices of Newman & Drukman has qualified New York education law attorneys with experience in a wide variety of education-related concerns. We can help, too, if you are a teacher or an administrator challenging a misconduct charge or other disputes with the educational institution or system that employs you. Our education lawyers can provide you with accurate guidance and forceful representation. Call our firm and ask about a free consultation.