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Private School Disputes

Students in private schools fall under a completely different educational situation than students in public or charter schools. The rights of the parents at a private school are severely limited and there are only limited steps that a parent can take to resolve disputes such as grades, student placement, and disciplinary matters. If your child has special needs, such as the need for speech and occupational therapy, you can still get these services through the public system. You can also receive consultation services for your private school as to your child's needs. If your child has been injured or abused at a private school you have the ability to take legal action to protect your child and to pursue compensation. Lastly, it is possible to get payment of your private school expenses by a public school in specific circumstances.

The information below will provide you with some very basic information and help answer some frequently asked questions, but the information on this website is not legal advice and is not meant to be a substitution for seeking the advice of competent legal counsel. Your case is unique and you need legal advice that is specifically tailored to fit your needs. Our Hollingsworth & Zivitz education team is here to provide you with the advice you need to make decisions that will have a lasting impact on your child's life. Contact the Education Law Team at Hollingsworth & Zivitz to discuss any private schools issues.

PRIVATE SCHOOL - General Information

Private schools are not bound by the same requirements as public and charter schools. They do not need to be in compliance with many of the laws set in place for public schools. They do not have to provide your child a special education or accommodations. However, there are many situations in which a parent believes that the failure of the public school has been so severe that their only recourse is a private school. In these cases the parent must send a 10-day letter and pursue a due process for reimbursement or future payment. In many cases, disputes with private schools can be very frustrating for parents who have limited recourse. However, if your child has faced harassment, injury or abuse, you do have recourse and it is important you contact an attorney to discuss options.

At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, the Education Law Team can assist you in discussing these options.

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