Kansas City Education Law Attorney Asserts Student Rights
Experienced lawyer protects your child’s future
Students today face a highly competitive environment where any blot on their record could make the difference in educational and career advancement. Yet, many educational institutions show marked lapses in professionalism that impose undue hardships on students. If your child has been the target of unfair, negligent or unlawful educational practices, Rebecca Martin-Rivers, Esq. LLC is prepared to help. I work diligently to resolve disputes that could unfairly deprive students of their legal rights. I seek injunctive relief that compels educational institutions to remedy unfair practices, and in some cases I can obtain monetary damages.
Skilled representation on a wide range of education matters
Students and their parents invest a great deal in their education. Yet decisions at educational institutions are often arbitrary and indefensible. From calculating grades to censoring of student publications to enforcing “zero-toleration" policies, teachers and administrators often take actions contrary to sound pedagogical practice. I handle a wide range of disputes related to education, including:
- Access to special education
- Access to student records
- Bus accidents
- Confidentiality violation
- Disciplinary issues
- Due process violations
- First Amendment speech issues
- First Amendment religious exercise issues
- Fourth Amendment search issues
- Liability for injury
I work with students and parents on conflicts at all levels of the educational system, involving teachers, administrators, institutions, school contractors, school districts, school boards, and mental health and child welfare providers.
Creatively resolving education conflicts
Because students and parents have so much invested in their relationship with their school district or educational institution, my general approach is to mend relationships by seeking an agreeable resolution through negotiation or mediation. However, when opposing parties are not cooperative, we consider any available legal remedy. My primary goal is protecting my client’s rights and ensuring students have the educational experience they deserve.
Supporting students with special education needs
When your child has special education needs, the first step is to obtain an Individualized Education Program (IEP), which describes a precise plan of action for teachers and other school personnel. Once the IEP is in place, I help parents ensure that the program is properly implemented to address their children's special needs. I also work with you to secure and maintain related services that your child needs and deserves.
Contact an education lawyer in Missouri who understands your concerns
Rebecca Martin-Rivers, Esq. LLC is dedicated to protecting student rights throughout Missouri. I represent students and their parents in all types of education law issues. For assistance, call 401-433-7081 or contact my Kansas City law office online.