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Student Rights

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
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Resources

News Release, Published: 
Monday, November 2, 2009
Responding to problems faced by students in several schools, the American Civil Liberties Union is advising school officials statewide that their existing rules for student-organized clubs may discriminate against some student organizations. In a letter sent to school districts throughout Washington, the ACLU explained that federal law makes it clear that student clubs promoting tolerance for gay students are entitled to the same resources as other clubs.
News Release, Published: 
Friday, September 14, 2007
A Q&A of issues regarding military recruitment at schools

Guía Familiar de Absentismo Escolar

Document, Published: 
Friday, June 1, 2007
Esta guía está diseñada para ayudar a los padres a entender los derechos de sus hijos en el proceso de absentismo escolar. Nuestra intención no es ofrecer asesoramiento legal.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
A Q&A about walkouts, policy regarding absences, and other student political speech at public schools.

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