1. Find out when the expulsion hearing is
You should receive a written notice that the school district has scheduled an expulsion hearing. The notice must state the time, place, and reason for the hearing. This expulsion hearing it is important to attend.
2. Go to the expulsion hearing
The expulsion hearing is usually run by a hearing officer who decides what happened and then makes a recommendation to the school board. The school board then votes on whether or not to expel the student.
In other districts, the board of education conducts the expulsion hearing and at the end of the hearing makes the final decision whether or not to expel your child.
Even if your child did something wrong, you can give reasons why you believe your child should not be expelled. To begin, your child can give her side of the story. Then, you can argue that:
- Your child’s conduct was not bad enough to warrant expulsion;
- Your child should not be expelled because your child has had no history of misconduct at school;
- Your child’s conduct did not disrupt the education of other students;
- Expulsion is too severe a punishment;
- Expulsion is not in the best interest of your child; and
- If the school does decide to expel, your child should be allowed to attend an alternative program.
You have the right to:
Find out how the school board makes the final decision about expelling your child. If they decide after reviewing the hearing officer’s recommendations, you may have the chance to make one last argument to the board to stop the expulsion of your child. You should find out what the expulsion procedures are in your district, and ask to meet with the board after the expulsion hearing if this is an option in your school district.
If possible, bring a lawyer or an advocate who knows education law with you to the expulsion hearing.
3. Appeal the expulsion decision
If the school district decides to expel your child after the expulsion hearing, you should check your school district’s disciplinary handbook to determine if there is a way to appeal an expulsion decision. You can also appeal the decision by going to state court. Please consult a lawyer about how to file an appeal in state court.