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For liberty to be preserved, it must be nurtured in the hearts and minds of young people. The ACLU educates students about the many important rights they have and supports those who exercise their rights. In doing so, we help to prepare the next generation of guardians of liberty.
Has your son or daughter been “emergency expelled” from school for a minor disciplinary infraction that presented no threat? Has a teacher searched all the texts on your phone because you forgot to turn it off during class? Has a friend who’s trying to form a Gay-Straight Alliance at your high school been told that the group is “too controversial” and cannot hold meetings on school grounds? Know your rights and where to get help!
 
PSA to student protesters: You have rights!
ACLU of Washington Lawsuit: Stop pushing special education students out of schools
Taking a knee: A guide for administrators, teachers, parents, and students

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News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Regardless of the federal recommendations, Washington state’s constitution and laws provide additional protections for students and a create a strong mandate for schools to adopt discipline policies that are nondiscriminatory, culturally competent, and provide for every student’s education and safety.
Published: 
Friday, November 30, 2018
We issued a minority report opposing a task force recommendation to fund school police and instead recommend interventions to create a positive school climate and additional student supports.
Published: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Civil liberties highlights from the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session
Published: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Washington Law Protects Against Suspensions for Walkouts

Parents' Guide to Public School Discipline in Washington

Document, Published: 
Thursday, December 14, 2017
This pamphlet provides nuts-and-bolts advice for parents whose children are facing disciplinary proceedings at a public school. It is designed for those who intend to advocate for their children in meetings with administrators, hearing officers, and school boards.

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