Elementary and Middle School Issues

Elementary and middle school education, generally from kindergarten to grade eight, covers precious years. Your student needs and deserves a stable and supportive school environment during those years. Sad to say, though, but many primary and middle school students face significant discipline, progression, and other issues. Those issues can not only slow their educational development but actually impede and interrupt their education. The worst discipline and progression cases can result in the student's removal from the school, isolation from school friends, and loss of teacher and mentor relationships. And while elementary and middle school educators are generally committed to student persistence and development, in some cases, they simply don't do enough or do as they should. Fortunately, skilled and experienced education law help is available for your elementary or middle school student nationwide. Retain national education attorney advisor Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's Education Law Team for your student's best outcome to elementary or middle school issues. Fight for your student's future with the special help your student needs and deserves.

Common Elementary and Middle School Issues

The common issues that students can, unfortunately, face in elementary and middle school tend to fall into several broad categories. Each type of issue implicates different student interests, raises different student concerns, and warrants different responses and solutions. Each type of issue can also involve different school procedures and different legal rights. National school attorney advisor Joseph D. Lento knows the interests, concerns, procedures, rights, and solutions. Hundreds of students nationwide have trusted attorney advisor Lento to strategically invoke school procedures and sensitively assert their rights for the best possible resolution of school issues. Learn more about those issues while you retain attorney advisor Lento to preserve, protect, and promote your elementary or middle school student's education.

Elementary and Middle School Issues Accommodating Disabilities

Failing to accommodate elementary and middle school student disabilities is a primary challenge that struggling students at these early levels can face. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires that elementary and middle schools reasonably accommodate student disabilities. More than that, the Act requires schools to identify those students who are struggling because of disabilities, even when the parents are not aware of their student's disability or have not brought a known disability to the school's attention. The law places the obligation on the school, not the student and parents. But the law also gives parents and their attorney advisor powerful procedural safeguards to ensure that elementary and middle school officials meet their disability rights obligations. Let attorney advisor Lento help you ensure that your student's elementary or middle school is accommodating your student's disabilities in the way that the law requires.

Elementary and Middle School Issues Failing to Progress

Every parent wants their elementary and middle school student to progress from grade to grade within academic standards. Having a student fall seriously behind or, worse, having to hold a student back a grade can further demotivate and devastate a struggling student. Achievement losses from elementary to middle school can especially lead to serious progression issues in middle school and high school. Failure to progress academically can, at the same time, contribute to delinquency and other discipline issues. As states increasingly benchmark student achievement, students may find less flexibility and support around their failure to progress. Watch your student's academic progression closely, and consult attorney advisor Lento when you perceive that the school may be inappropriately disciplining or removing your student or otherwise ignoring your student's disability and other rights.

Elementary and Middle School Behavioral Issues

Elementary and middle school students are still developing socially and emotionally in ways that naturally affect their behavior. Many teachers and other school officials know a student needs appropriately sensitive and supportive forms of behavioral modification. But some elementary and middle school officials lack those skills and may instead impose punitive discipline for natural social, emotional, and behavioral issues. State laws mandating school removal for elementary and middle school students bringing a weapon to school, and similar school drug, alcohol, tobacco, gang activity, and violence policies, can further encourage or require school officials to discipline, suspend, and expel students for behavioral issues. That discipline may be unwise, unnecessary, and in violation of your elementary or middle school student's disability rights and procedural rights. For example, if your student is in elementary or middle school under an individualized education program (IEP), federal regulations generally require school officials to conduct a manifestation determination review before removing your student. Let attorney advisor Lento help you preserve your elementary or middle school student's rights around behavioral misconduct issues.

Elementary and Middle School Title IX Sexual Misconduct Issues

While elementary and middle school students are generally not sexually mature, they can still face significant school sexual misconduct issues, even more so when not yet understanding social norms and cultural expectations around sexual words, sexual expression, sexual privacy, and related issues. An elementary or middle school disciplining or even removing a student for sexual misconduct is not an extraordinary event. Advocacy organizations call elementary and middle school sexual harassment a crisis, raising alarms with school officials. Those officials may overzealously enforce Title IX obligations requiring schools receiving federal funding to prohibit and punish school sexual misconduct. Retain attorney advisor Lento to advise and represent you on your elementary or middle school student's rights when facing serious sexual misconduct allegations.

Elementary and Middle School Academic Misconduct Issues

While academic misconduct does not directly implicate student safety in the way that behavioral or sexual misconduct can, middle schools nonetheless maintain academic dishonesty,