Education Lawyers for Students, Teachers and Professors
In today’s world, education is of the utmost importance. Without the proper education, it is nearly impossible to succeed. Studies have shown that average lifetime income correlates with higher educational attainment, and education at every level—primary, secondary, and post-secondary—is a necessary challenge.
At Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP, we strive to ensure that your child is receiving the education that he or she deserves. Whether it be fighting to obtain an individualized education plan (IEP) for your child, or making sure your child is free from unwarranted harassment and punishment, our firm is prepared and will be by your side every step of the way.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), children with conditions such as learning disabilities, health impairments, and autism are qualified to receive special services to aid in their education. When an IEP is drafted for a child with a disability or impairment covered by IDEA, the child’s school is mandated to provide her or him with all necessary accommodations in the least restrictive educational environment possible. If a school refuses to provide these accommodations, it may lose its federal funding, so the consequences for failure to offer Free Appropriate Public Education are significant.
The stigma against bullying, which has long been a negative component of the social microcosm in schools, has grown in recent decades in the wake of increases in violence and suicide. Bullying can appear in many forms, such as gossip, cyberbullying, physical aggression, and prejudicial comments and actions. If your child is bullied, and her or his school’s teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and other faculty members fail to effectively solve or even address the issue, legal action may be required.
We Place Great Stock in the Local Educational System
Our education practice does not stop there. Many law firms represent the wealthy school districts; few represent the teachers. Our law firm is ready to fight for a teacher’s rights inside and outside of the classroom, including matters involving professional discipline (Section 3020a Hearings), sexual harassment claims, and wrongful termination. Teachers are protected under the law from discrimination in various forms, and they have freedoms of association, expression (to a point), and religion. Our firm believes that the classroom should be a place where students and teachers can concentrate solely on learning, and we strive to ensure that schools can be safe environments.