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School Discipline 101

Students' Due Process Rights in Expulsion Hearings

By Melissa Frydman & Shani King

The due process rights of public school students who face suspension or expulsion became clear in several U.S. Supreme Court decisions from several decades ago, particularly the 1975 case of Goss v. Lopez. Implementation of the principles that these cases established, however, varies from state to state and even among school districts within a state. Students seldom have an advocate’s representation in school disciplinary proceedings; an advocate’s basic familiarity with students’ due process rights can have an impact on young clients’ ability to continue their education.

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