Before expelling your child, a school must give you and your child an opportunity to have an expulsion hearing. At the hearing, the school must give you reasons for your child’s expulsion and the date when the expulsion will start.
If your child attends a non-charter public school, the school must send you notice of the expulsion hearing in writing and by certified or registered mail. The notice must state the time, place, and reason for the hearing. If your child attends a charter school, you should review the school’s disciplinary handbook regarding the school’s expulsion procedures.
In Chicago and many suburban school districts, the expulsion hearing is 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.
At the hearing, you have the right to:
You should let the school know if you intend to bring a lawyer or call witnesses at the hearing. If the school records the hearing, you may request a copy of the recording after the hearing.
Even though Chicago and some school districts record or use a court reporter at expulsion hearings, they do not have to do so. If you want to record an expulsion hearing, you should notify the parties present at the hearing ahead of time.