673 Week One The Drug Free School Journal

1 The Drug Free School The Drug Free School Journal Martha Liverman The University of Arizona Global Campus ECE673: Advocacy Policy and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education (ETI2341A) Dr. Cindy Washington
2 The Drug Free School Can Lasiandra's parents request a hearing before the local board of education? Why or why not? Lasiandra's parents may have the right to request a hearing before the local board of education if the circumstances surrounding her suspension warrant such a hearing. The rationale for this would be based on due process rights. Due process in the context of student discipline typically requires that a student and their parents are given the opportunity to be heard and present their side of the story before a suspension is imposed. The specific procedures for requesting a hearing and the criteria for determining whether one is warranted may vary depending on state and local school district policies. However, due process rights generally include the right to notice of the charges, an opportunity to be heard, and the right to appeal a suspension decision. Does Lasiandra have a property or liberty interest that qualifies her for due process protection? Whether Lasiandra has a property or liberty interest that qualifies her for due process protection depends on the specific circumstances of her case. If Lasiandra is facing suspension from school, it could potentially affect her education, which may be considered a property interest that qualifies for due process protection. Additionally, if the suspension leads to a stigmatizing label or deprives her of a constitutionally protected right or liberty interest (such as her reputation or future educational opportunities), then she may also be entitled to due process protection. Have the procedural guidelines for student suspension been met? The determination of whether the procedural guidelines for student suspension have been met would require a review of the specific policies and procedures of the school or school district, as well as the facts of Lasiandra's case. Typically, due process in student disciplinary matters requires notice of the charges, an opportunity for a hearing, an opportunity for the student to present their side of the story, and the right to appeal. If these procedures have not been followed in Lasiandra's case, it may raise concerns about the fairness of the suspension. What characteristics of a well-ordered school are missing in this scenario? The characteristics of a well-ordered school, as mentioned in your course text, may include a focus on safety, learning, and a sense of community. Missing characteristics might include: a. Clear and consistent disciplinary policies: If the school's disciplinary policies are unclear, inconsistent, or unfairly applied, it can lead to confusion and unfair treatment, which would be contrary to a well-ordered school.
3 The Drug Free School b. Procedural fairness: If the school fails to provide due process protections, such as notice, an opportunity to be heard, and an appeal process, it can undermine the perception of fairness and justice in the school environment. c. Respect for students' rights: Failing to respect students' rights and treating all students fairly is essential in a well-ordered school. Unwarranted or discriminatory suspensions would be a violation of this principle. It's important to note that the specific characteristics of a well-ordered school may vary, but they generally center around creating a safe, respectful, and conducive learning environment for all students. If the scenario in "The Case of the Powdered Aspirin" fails to meet these principles, it would suggest a need for improvement in these areas. Addressing concerns from minority parents who feel their children have been denied access: Acknowledge their Concerns: Start by acknowledging the concerns of minority parents. Express empathy and understanding for their feelings. Listen Actively: Encourage parents to share their experiences and reasons for feeling their children have been denied access. Listening actively is crucial in understanding their perspective. Explain the Process: Provide a clear and transparent explanation of the admissions or access process. Share how decisions are made and what criteria are considered. Transparency can help alleviate some concerns. Review the Data: If applicable, review data related to admissions, enrollment, or educational outcomes. This can help identify any potential disparities and whether there's a basis for their concerns. Offer Solutions: Be open to discussing potential solutions or improvements. It could be changes to the admission process, increased support, or access to resources that can address their concerns.
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