Protecting the rights of students is key because most people’s first major encounter with the government is in the school setting. For students to appreciate the importance of civil liberties, it is critical that their rights be protected in school.
Students' Rights in the News
- Jan, 27, 2020: Groups Voice Alarm Over Scheduled State Education Vote on English Language Learners
- Jan, 20, 2020: ACLU Takes Legal Action over Unlawful Arrest of 13-Year-Old Honors Student
- Oct, 31, 2019: Barrington Sues Student for Challenging Unlawful School Suspension; Seeks Award of Fees
Students' Rights Related Court Cases
2020: Johnson v. Pawtucket
- Category: Active Case Civil Rights Criminal Justice Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Police Practices Students' Rights Youth Rights
About this Case:
This is a legal claim for damages sent to the City of Pawtucket over a School Resource Officer’s (SRO) unlawful handcuffing and arrest of a 13-year-old African-American middle school honors student. The damages claim is a required legal prerequisite to the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of the student.
Claim filed in January 2020.
2019: Barrington School Committee v. Student
- Category: Active Case Due Process Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest Students' Rights Youth Rights
About this Case:
This is a lawsuit brought by the Barrington School Committee against the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education (CESE) and a middle school student who successfully challenged his three-day out-of-school suspension - twice.
Lawsuit filed in October 2019.
- The Lawsuit
- RIDE Decision (January 2019)
- ACLU Brief in CESE Appeal (May 2019)
- CESE Decision (August 2019)
- Barrington School Superintendent Response (November 2019)