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.