Several years ago, our team published the first-ever compilation of students' educational rights under New York State law. After undertaking an extensive research project to investigate educational inadequacies in high-needs schools around the state, we published detailed findings of widespread educational-rights violations. Our growing Know Your Educational Rights Handout Series summarizes those rights and findings in user-friendly language that helps families and other New Yorkers understand and advocate for the opportunities that New York public schools must be equipped to provide. One shouldn't need a law degree or a master's degree in policy to understand children's rights!
To date, we have published free, downloadable handouts on students' general constitutional right to a "sound basic education" and in the following specific resource areas: class size, curriculum and course offerings, required services for students struggling academically, resources for English language learners, instructional materials, physical education, facilities, and school libraries.
Please share them with your school and community, and stay tuned for new handouts in additional resource areas!