A lawyer for education issues is an attorney specializing in education law handling legal rights and responsibilities of students, parents, and schools. They can be called upon to handle a wide range of problems, from disciplinary actions and educational discrimination to bullying.
A lawyer for education issues can help you with many problems related to your child's school. These include:
- Suspension or expulsion from school
- Issues related to special education (learning disabilities, speech impairment, etc.)
- Academic records (transcripts, grade appeals)
- School disciplinary actions (expulsion or suspension)
How Can a Lawyer for Education Issues Help You?
Oversee Grievance Procedures and the Command Chain.
If a student has a complaint regarding the behavior of a teacher, an education lawyer can ensure that there's an established process for addressing those complaints and ensuring they're addressed fairly and promptly. They can also ensure that all employees know their responsibilities under the Protection of Minors Policy and provide training as required by law.
Adequate Training of Teachers and Staff
Education lawyers can help ensure your school's policies are up-to-date and being followed, as well as ensure that all employees are trained on handling situations involving children.
Create and Implement a Training Program for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment
Education lawyers can help create a comprehensive sexual harassment policy for your school, including training programs for all faculty members and staff on how to prevent harassment from occurring in the first place—and what steps should be taken if it does happen anyway.
Respond to Lawsuits Brought Against the School
An education lawyer can help defend your school from lawsuits and ensure that you comply with local, state, and federal laws.
Ensures that the School Maintains Appropriate Insurance
Education lawyers can advise you on what types of insurance policies best suit your needs—liability coverage or workers' compensation—and help you find a provider who will offer competitive rates.
Maintain Compliance With Both Legal and Professional Licensing Requirements
Schools must maintain high standards of compliance with legal and professional licensing requirements. These include:
- Maintaining records of student attendance, grades, and other pertinent information, as well as financial records.
- Complying with state and federal laws regarding teacher certification, funding, and curriculum.
- Maintaining an open door policy for parent involvement in school activities, including providing access to school facilities for parent volunteers.
Representative in Arbitration and Mediation Proceedings
Education lawyers can help you understand your rights and responsibilities regarding these proceedings. They also know how to work within legal guidelines to help you resolve any disputes between students, teachers, or parents.
How Much Does a Lawyer for Education Issues Cost?
Depending on your case and the attorney you choose, you can expect to pay anywhere from $150 to $500 per hour. However, the going rate is between $300 and 500 per hour.
What Are the Steps to Hire a Lawyer for Education Issues?
Determine If You Want to Hire on Salary or Contract
Many lawyers will offer a retainer agreement, which means they'll bill and get paid monthly or quarterly. On the other hand, some work at an hourly rate. The charges must be discussed during the initial consultation.
Get an initial consultation
These questions can include the following:
- How long have you been in the business?
- What are your rates or fees?
- What billing system do you use?
Sign a Legal Services Agreement
Once you have selected your attorney and have scheduled your initial consultation, sign a legal services agreement. The agreement should have the following terms:
- The signing and acknowledgment of a contract by both parties are required.
- A list of services provided by the lawyer
- Expected costs of services and payment terms
- Your guide to settling disagreements
- Release of liability and claims
- Guarantees that the education lawyer can provide
- How to communicate effectively in writing
- Sign the agreement to make it enforceable.
Key Terms Related to Education Issues Contract
- Contracting Authority: The government department that awards the contract.
- Contracting Officer: The person who signs off on a contract and manages its implementation.
- Contractual Obligation: A term in a contract that binds one party to an action or set of actions.
- Disadvantageous Clause: A clause in a contract that is harmful to one party and not to another, often because it creates an unfair advantage for the other party.
- Exclusion Clause: A clause in a contract that removes certain terms from its scope or excludes certain situations from being covered by it.
- Inclusion Clause: A clause in a contract that sets out clearly what is covered by the agreement between parties.
- Incorporation Clause: A clause in an agreement where all other parts of another document are brought into effect as part of it.
- Intent: This is the main idea and purpose of the contract. It should be clear and unambiguous, so both parties understand what they are agreeing to.
- Definitions: Define any terms that are important to the agreement in a separate section. This makes it easier for each party to understand what they're signing up for, and it also helps with clarity of language and intent.
- Premises and Purposes: The premises are where the work will be done, while the purpose is what you get from the work—for example, if you hire a contractor to build a deck, then your premises would be the location where he or she builds it, and your purpose would be enjoying said deck after it's built!
- Payments, Liens, and Other Charges: This section covers how much you'll pay for services rendered; if there are any additional costs that come up during construction (like extra materials); whether there will be any liens placed against your property; etcetera.
ContractsCounsel is a leading law firm for education law in the United States. We have helped thousands of educators, parents, and students navigate their educational issues. Our lawyers have many years of experience in the field of education law, so we can easily handle any situation.