Sen. Ted Kennedy Holding Up Parental Rights Amendment
by John Rossomando, November 07, 2001.
"An amendment to the education bill, aimed at giving parents the
right to inspect their child's educational materials and shield the
child from invasive questions and medical examinations at school,
faces a powerful foe -- Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy."
Getting Your Child the Help They Need at School
by Dr. Kathleen Loftus, February 22, 2005.
(Dr. Loftus is a resident of Buffalo Grove, IL.)
About the I.E.P. Meeting,
an interview with Dr. Kathleen Loftus
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates:
"What is COPAA? (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3)
tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents. Our
primary mission is to secure high quality educational services for
children with disabilities."
Sue Your District?
- Suburban Chicago Mom wants to sue her district:
"I have reached my breaking point on what my children
have not been taught in this stinking school district (CUSD 303). I am
wondering what you think of this idea: I want to sue the district for not
teaching my two children to read and to do math -- for all the anguish that it
has caused them and our family, for all the stress that [my son] still is
dealing with not being able to comprehend things that he reads."
Parents Sue for Better Schools: Courts Become Last Resort For The Desperate,
by Anna Bray Duff, Investors Business Daily, September 17, 1999.
"There's little doubt that schools feel they're under siege from lawsuits
that threaten their budgets and their ability to do their job.
... But there's another side
to the story: Lawsuits are often the only way parents can prod a slow-
moving school bureaucracy to action." This article goes on to explore three situations in detail, involving:
- Fuzzy math curriculum
- Lack of rigorous coursework
- Inappropriate special-education placement
Will It Take Litigation?
by Donna Garner, June 4, 1998.
"As a classroom teacher myself, I hate to admit that it may take
litigation to force the education bureaucracy to rid itself of
damaging educational practices. ...
Is it going to take the threat of litigation to force the education bureaucracy to do the 'right thing'
in order to help children learn to read and write? Surely we educators are not that hardheaded, are we?"
Is It States' "Duty" To Educate All?,
Investors Business Daily, November 15, 1999.
"What is a "sound basic education" and how much should it cost? Such
questions lie at the core of a court battle being waged in the New
York State Supreme Court."
Why Not Sue "Big Schooling"?
by Casey Lartigue, Cato Institute.
"Many people have chuckled at stories about people suing the 'Big
Food' and 'Big Tobacco' industries. As frivolous as these cases may
be, we should get serious about charging the public school system
with committing widespread educational malpractice.
Educational malpractice is commonly defined as the failure to
adequately educate a student. What else can we call it when,
according to the National Institute for Literacy, an estimated 23
percent of people in America (almost 50 million people) are
functionally illiterate despite attending school for years?"
High Court Turns Down Trampoline Injury Suit
by Michael Higgins
Chicago Tribune, July 6, 2006.
"A former middle-school pupil who was left a quadriplegic at 13 after
a trampoline accident in his extracurricular tumbling class cannot
sue Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled
Wednesday. ... in a 4-3 vote, the Supreme Court said that school officials were
immune from suit unless they acted 'willfully and wantonly' to
endanger [the child]."
Illinois Parents and Curriculum
- From the
Illinois School Code:
Any member of the public may inspect all text and instructional material used in the public schools.
(105 ILCS 5/28-19.1)
Freedom of Information Act
Schools, Teachers, Parents and the Community
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